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Please review the Permit Requirements below as these vary from project to project.
Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.
Zoning requirements for rainwater catchment systems vary by project. Zoning Review is generally not required if your project is:
Most rainwater catchment projects used for irrigation with no pump will not require a Permit. A rainwater catchment system will generally require a Permit if:
Please refer to our Apply for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Permits guidance page to learn more about Electrical and Plumbing Permit requirements.
If your system is 5,000+ gallons or height-to-width exceeds 2:1:
If your system includes an electrical pump:
If your system will be used for indoor plumbing:
Need additional guidance? Try using our Permit Wizard to help you select the right permit type for your project.
Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your submission. If we need further information, we will contact you. If your application is approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.
Call (510) 238-3891 or find quick answers through our Permit & Services Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.
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