Permit Status Updates

Thank you for your interest in applying for a permit with the Planning and Building Department. The following are general definitions of the progressive status changes you can expect as your permit application moves through the review and approval process. We will update you on the status of your application via email. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a backlog in applications. It could take up to 2 weeks to hear from us. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work in this intense time.

Permitted Food Vending Area Map

Use this interactive map to see the permitted food vending areas for sidewalk vendors and non-sidewalk vendors, with buffer distances from schools, restaurants and other vendors. Tip: Under the layer icon (on the right side of the screen), put a check in the box for "Food Vending."

Physical Ability Test

Learn about the two ways to complete the police officer physical agility testing requirement.

Planning & Building Services - Quick Reference Guide

The following is a summary table of the Planning & Building Department's core services, including Building Permits & Plan Review Services, Planning Application Services, Code Enforcement, Inspections and Records Requests. Below, you will find quick links and contact e-mails and phone numbers to receive assistance. Please note that in this unprecedented time, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through a considerable backlog of applications, service requests, and inquiries.

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.

Planning Codes

Planning Codes regulate the development and activity that can take place on private property in the City of Oakland.