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: May 12th, 2022 @ 11:03 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.

Who Can Be Issued a Permit?

  1. Contractors who are licensed by the State of California with a classification appropriate for the work that will be performed and have a current Business Tax Certificate.
  2. Owners of a building or their legal representative.

How to Apply


Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.

STEP ONE: Zoning Review

  • Submit a Zoning Worksheet through our Online Permit Center*
    * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a Zoning Worksheet
  • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Basic Application for Development Review and all associated plans and documents
  • 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 a Building Worksheet through our Online Permit Center*
    * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a Building Worksheet
  • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Building Permit Application including a description of all proposed work and all documents as required by the Submittal Checklist for Additions and Alterations (please note: a stamp is required if prepared by a design professional)

Refer to the following forms and checklists as applicable:


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. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.


Call (510) 238-3891 or find quick answers through our Permit Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.

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