Research Plans and Permit Records

The City of Oakland archives building plans and original permits issued for properties in Oakland. If you have questions, please call us at (510) 238-3606 or e-mail

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Date Posted: August 31st, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
Last Updated: July 23rd, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

Viewing a Plan or Permit

  • You cannot see all plans and permits online. If you do not know the permit number, please call us.
  • Feel free to visit our office in person. Bring a form of identification (e.g., Driver License)
  • City staff will determine if the plan or permit is recorded as being in our permanent archives.
  • The City is not required to keep all plans and all permits issued by the City.
  • Tell the staff on duty that you have been notified that the plan or permit you requested has been delivered. Our office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except Wednesdays when we open at 9:30 am. Please check the City’s website for holidays when City offices are closed.
  • Staff will bring the document to the counter and take your identification. A viewing table is available in the lobby.
  • You can not take documents outside of the Permit Center. You cannot trace or photograph the documents.
  • When you have finished reviewing the document, return it to the Information Station and retrieve your identification.

Making Copies of Plans and Permits

  • You must have authorization from the owner of the building and the planner who stamped the plans to make copies.
  • The authorization letters must be original. We will not accept copies.
  • If you cannot get authorization, call us for assistance.
  • Owners must present proof of ownership (Grant Deed or other documentation from Alameda County which serves as proof of ownership).
  • You must make arrangements directly with an authorized blueprint company for copying services. The blueprint company will pick-up the original plan, duplicate it, and return it to Building Services.
  • You can work with the blueprint company for your copies to be delivered to you.
  • Original authorization letters must be submitted prior to the release of plans to a blueprint company.

Authorized companies that provide duplicating services:

Graphic Reproduction
2327 Union Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 268-9980

American Reproduction Co.
1700 Jefferson Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 287-5485

East Bay Blueprint & Supply Co.
1745 14th Avenue
Oakland, CA
(510) 261-2990