Planning and Building Forms

The forms below are provided for your convenience, however, you should contact the Zoning Information Hotline at (510) 238-3911 or the Building Permits counter at 510-238-3891 or visit the Permit Center to talk to a planner, permit technician, or plan check engineer than can 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.

Planning Forms

  • Basic Application Form 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.

Building Permit Forms

Application Worksheet for Building Permits

Application Worksheet for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Permits (MEP)

Grading Permit Application

Application for Solar Facilities

Application for Temporary Occupancy (TCO)

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

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


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