Detached Garages or Carports

Detached garages or caports providing covered parking spaces should be generally located to the rear or side of any primary residential facility. Zoning review and a Building Permit are required for new detached garages or carports

Date Posted: June 16th, 2021 @ 6:28 PM
Last Updated: June 21st, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

When Is a Permit Required?

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Zoning review is required for the construction of new detached garages or carport. A Building Permit is required after zoning approval.

For detailed information on Zoning requirements, please see Oakland Municipal Code Section 17.116.300.

How to Apply

Step One: Zoning Review

  • Submit a completed Basic Application for Development Review
  • Include plan sets as required in the Basic Application for Development Review submittal
  • A planner will review your submission
  • Once approved, your application will be routed to the Building Permit Counter or you will receive a decision letter from the Bureau of Planning if applicable.

Step Two: Building Permit

  • Submit your Building Permit application, including a description of all proposed work.
  • Include plan sets as required by the Submittal Checklist for Additions and Alterations (please note: stamp required if prepared by Design professional)

Refer to the following forms and checklists as applicable:

To get started, complete the following:

Once complete, e-mail your completed application form(s) and all associated plans and documents to or via our Digital Inbox for applications over 20MB.


Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If your plans require corrections or if we need further information, we will contact you.


Call (510) 238-3891 or find quick answers through our Permit Questions Portal.

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