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Planning and Building Forms

This page provides a series of Planning & Building forms for submitting and processing zoning and building applications and permits. They are provided here for your convenience, but you may need to talk to a planner, permit technician, or plan check engineer to advise you on the permits your project may require. Proposals may involve multiple permit approvals depending on the complexity of the land use issues and location of the proposed project.

Zoning Information Hotline

(510) 238-3911

Building Permits Counter

(510) 238-3891

Planning Forms

Basic Application for Development Review - This application form is required for all planning & zoning permits except for pre-applications and Creek Protection Permits described below.
Supplemental Forms - Most applications also require supplemental forms including findings for conditional use permits, design review and variances.
Pre-application Form - Pre-applications are optional and allow you an opportunity to submit your preliminary plans for review by an assigned case planner.
Appeal Application Form - Appeal of a decision to the Planning Commission or City Council.
Creek Determination Application Form - A Creek Determination may be requested to identify whether or not a property within the City of Oakland is a creekside property, and therefore subject to regulation by the Creek Protection Ordinance.
Creek Protection Permit Application Form - Creek Protection Permit is required for any proposed construction activity occurring on a creekside property. The extent to which your development will be regulated by the Creek Protection Ordinance depends upon the location and type of proposed work.
Zoning Clearance Form (for Business License) - The first step to permitting a new business (including a home-based business) is the approval by the Planning Department of a Zoning Clearance.
Affordable Housing Density Bonus Supplemental Form - Project applicants may use this form to request a Density Bonus or financially equivalent incentive(s) for a housing development that includes plans to construct a specified percentage of housing for low income households, very low income households, senior citizens, or providing child care facilities.

Building Permit Forms

Application Worksheet for Building Permits
Application Worksheet for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Permits (MEP)
Alternative Materials and Methods Request (AMMR) Form
Grading Permit Application
Application for Solar Facilities
Application for Temporary Occupancy (TCO)
Application for Sewer Lateral, Curb, Gutter, SW Excavation Permit (Dept. of Transportation)

Permit Related Checklists

Plans Submittal Checklist for Additions and Alterations
Plans Submittal Checklist for New Construction
Survey and Site Plan Checklists for New Construction
Deck Plans Checklist
Building Directive Concerning Gender Neutral Facilities
State Regulations for Water Metering per Senate Bill SB-7 for Multi-Unit Structures
Accessory Dwelling Unit Checklist
Certificate of Compliance with SB407 for Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

Plan Check Related Forms

Request for Overtime Plan Check
Request for Revision Plan Check
Accessibility Checklist for Construction Plans

Miscellaneous Forms

Oakland CF1R Energy Form for Fenestration
Letter of Agency for Property Owners
Permit Transfer Letter

Accela Citizen Access (ACA) Portal User Forms

Contractor User Agreement
Owner-Builder Permit Addendum
Owner-Builder User Agreement

Cashier Forms

Refund Request
Building Permit Extension - Reinstatement Request
Reference Check Authorization

Permit Inspections

Owner Certification of Smoke /Carbon Monoxide Detector Compliance


Obtaining a Permit
Design Limitations
Work Exempt From a Building Permit
PZ Permit Requirements
Initial Statement of the Engineer for Grading