- Planning & Building inspections (issued permits ONLY): Scheduling App or 510-238-3444.
- Fire Prevention Bureau inspections: FPBReceptionist@oaklandca.gov
- Department of Transportation inspections: 510-238-3561
It is your responsibility to schedule all inspections and ensure your project stays up-to-date with all the latest regulations.
The Building Bureau will inspect your permitted project for compliance with approved plans and applicable building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing codes. Inspections are required to ensure that the construction is proceeding according to the approved plans and project conditions-of-approval, and that all current code standards are being met.
Inspections are required to ensure that construction is proceeding according to the approved plans and project conditions-of-approval, and that all current code standards are being met. This will help to ensure personal safety and to secure the value of the improvement.
It is your responsibility to schedule all inspections. An appointment must be made at least one working day in advance. Inspections are limited to three (3) inspections maximum per permit, per week. Inspectors have 20 minutes of inspection per stop.
The City of Oakland cannot conduct same-day inspections. These include disconnect-reconnect requests for Electrical Meter work.
A person over the age of 18 with knowledge of the project must be present for the inspection to take place.
Please have approved plans and documents (including job card) on site. It is your responsibility to have your documents printed in FULL color at the job site prior to inspections.
Pre-paid inspection allotment is based on the project valuation. Inspectors cannot add more inspections. If a project exhausts their prepaid allotment, the project may obtain more inspections by calling the cashier at 510-238-4774. Inspections cancelled after 10AM, not passing, or cancellations in the field will count as an inspection
Overview of City of Oakland- Planning and Building Permit Inspection types:
Field Check Inspection-When Required* Prior to issuance of permit, a Field Check inspection may be required to obtain field information in order to issue the permit. Field Checks can only be scheduled via phone, please call 510-238-3444 to request a Field Check inspection.
Pre-Construction- When Required* Prior to the start of construction activities (Grading, Foundation formwork, framing, etc) . A preconstruction inspection is required* to verify that Best Management Practices (BMPSs) , specific Conditions of Approval (COAs) and specific requirements of the construction management plan (CMP) are adhered to. Pre-Construction Inspection can provide information as to site specific conditions, inspections overall, and specific project requirements. A Preconstruction inspection is required it must be scheduled prior to any other inspection being scheduled . A pre-construction inspection may be requested by calling 510-238-3444. *Preconstruction Inspection required for: Grading, Demolition, New Buildings, Projects with a Construction Management Plan, Specific Planning Conditions of Approval required prior to start of construction activities, or as specifically required by Planning , Building Plan Check, or Inspections
Foundation- Foundation inspection consists of City of Oakland inspecting formwork, reinforcing steel, piers, shotcrete, etc prior to receiving an OK to Pour. Please note that any Special Inspections required are not in lieu of the required City of Oakland inspection. Special Inspection field reports must be on-site for City of Oakland inspector review and approval. Any foundation poured without City of Oakland inspection and approval will not be approved.
Frame: (Use this option for Rough Inspection) Frame inspections encompass all framing work, trades, utilities, and inspections approving rough work through OK to Cover. Once an OK to Cover is granted, the project may schedule a Final Inspection.
Final- Final inspection encompasses the final inspection for a project. All construction work must be complete and any required paperwork must be made available to the inspector to sign-off on completion of the project. Examples of paperwork required for a project may include: CDSR/GreenHalo completion with the Recycling department, Fire Protection Bureau sign-off, Final Wet-signed/Wet-stamped Special Inspection Letters, CalGREEN certification, Complete Project Summary Report (PSR) for Energy Code Requirements, Reduced 11x17 copies of floor plans for new units or change of occupancy projects, EBMUD Private Sewer Lateral Certificated for projects with a valuation over $100,001, and other project specific paperwork.
For more information on what to expect during your Planning and Building Permit Inspection, please consult our guide: What to expect during your City of Oakland Building Inspection
During construction you must complete your City inspections before you can do any of the following:
- Placing concrete or grout
- Covering electrical, plumbing or mechanical work
- Covering floor framing
- Covering interior sides of wall framing
- Taping gypsum wallboard
- Applying stucco
- Installing insulation
- Building shower walls prior to tiling
- Exterior & Interior shear nailing
- Installing waterproof membrane at exterior balconies, stairs, etc.
- Roof plywood nailing
- Roof framing
- Creating shafts
- Installing fire protection
Inspections are also required prior to connecting to, or the hook-up of: