Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times

Date Posted: December 20th, 2021 @ 4:58 PM
Last Updated: March 2nd, 2022 @ 2:43 PM

Permits are required in the City of Oakland either to operate a business or perform construction on buildings or structures. The permitting process will vary based on your project. For detailed information on the permitting process, please visit the Planning & Building Permits webpage.

Please note that each of the following durations from permit application submittal to permit issuance presumes complete information in the permit application.

Planning / Zoning Counter:

  • Planning & Zoning Counter reviews require approximately 2 weeks for creation and review for most application types (DRX, ZC, DET, DS)

Planning/Zoning Division & Development Planning Division:

  • ​Administrative Case Reviews; including Minor Conditional Use Permits (CUPs), Design Review, and Minor Variances take 8-12 months
  • Administrative Case Reviews; including Minor Subdivisions take 9-12 months
  • Planning Commission Cases; including Major CUPs, Major Variances, and Major Subdivisions (TTMs) take 9-12 months
  • Development Planning Projects; including PUDs, rezonings, and complex CEQA documents take 12-36 months

Building:

  • OTC (Over the Counter) Permits take 2-3 weeks
  • OTC Permits requiring Plan Check take up to 7 weeks
  • Permits requiring assigned Plan Check take up to 8 weeks
  • Windows, Kitchen/Bath remodels with NO wall change, water heater replacement, and no Plan Check required (requires no appointments) take up to 5 days for review
  • Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing Permits (MEPs) take up to 5 days for review
  • Solar Energy Systems take up to 10 days for review
  • Permits requiring assigned Plan Check take up to 7 weeks for creation and submittal review
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) requiring assigned Plan Checks take up to 3 weeks for creation and submittal review
  • Final Plan Check (after Plan Check approval) takes 5-7 weeks
  • Issuance of permits: once payment is received, final plan check is completed, signed declarations have been returned, fire and construction and recycling is completed, takes up to 5 days

How to Obtain Status on Your Permit:

Permit Approval Process Flow Chart

Flow chart showing general permit approval process
Flow chart showing general permit approval process