Resources

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 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 & 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 Codes

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

Planning Forms

Planning Forms are used to ensure that projects conform to local zoning regulations and design requirements.

Police Area 1 (Downtown, West Oakland)

Area 1 (Police Beats 1 - 7) consists of the area traditionally known as West Oakland as well as Downtown Oakland. Area 1 is bordered by the City of Emeryville and Area 2 on the north, Lake Merritt on the east, the Oakland Estuary on the south, and the Bay on the west. Area 1 is a diverse community with multiple thriving business districts, including Jack London Square, Downtown Oakland, and City Hall (Frank Ogawa Plaza).

Police Area 2 (North Oakland, Uptown)

Area 2 (Beats 8 - 14) is composed of the Adams Point, Pill Hill, Temescal, Rockridge, and Uptown neighborhoods. It is bordered by the City of Emeryville and the City of Berkeley to the west, Contra Costa County to the north, and Area 1, the City of Piedmont and Area 3 to the south and east. Area 2 has a combination of residential neighborhoods and the commercial districts of Rockridge, KONO, Temescal, Montclair, and Piedmont Avenue.

Police Area 3 (Fruitvale, Central Oakland)

Area 3 (Beats 15 - 22) is centrally located within the City of Oakland. It is bordered by Area 1, Area 2, Lake Merritt, and the City of Piedmont on the west, Redwood Regional Park on the north, Area 4 to the west, and the estuary to the south. Area 3 is a diverse community with several thriving business districts: Lakeshore, Eastlake, Park, Dimond, Laurel, and Fruitvale.

Police Area 4 (East Oakland, Mills, Leona)

Area 4 (Beats 23 - 28) is located toward the central part of Oakland. It is bordered by Area 3 to the west, Redwood Regional Park to the north, Area 5 to the east, and the estuary to the south. Area 4 is a diverse community with the thriving business districts of Fruitvale and Macarthur Boulevard.

Police Area 5 (East Oakland, Knowland Park)

Area 5 (Beats 29 - 35) is the area traditionally known as East Oakland. It is bordered by Area 4 and the City of Alameda to the West, Chabot Regional Park to the north, The City of San Leandro to the east, and the San Francisco Bay to the south. Area 5 has a diverse community and is home to the Coliseum Complex and the Oakland International Airport.

Police Cadet Hiring

The Oakland Police Department is committed to mentoring and assisting interested individuals for successful law enforcement careers.

Police Cadet Hiring

The Oakland Police Department is committed to mentoring and assisting interested individuals for successful law enforcement careers.

Police Cadet Hiring

The Oakland Police Department is committed to mentoring and assisting interested individuals for successful law enforcement careers.