Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times

Date Posted: December 20th, 2021 @ 4:58 PM
Last Updated: November 9th, 2022 @ 7:59 AM

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 and 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 up to 4 weeks for creation and review for most application types (DRX, ZC, DET, DS)
  • Zoning Clearance reviews require up to 10 days

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 up to 10 business days
  • OTC Permits requiring Plan Check take up to 7 weeks
  • Permits requiring assigned Plan Check take up to 7 weeks for creation and submittal review
  • 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
  • Review of assigned Plan Checks take up to 5 weeks
  • 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 up to 5 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