Warning:

A Red Flag Warning is now in effect for the East Bay Hills from Saturday, September 26 at 9 PM - Monday, September 28 at 8 AM.

Schedule your Building Inspection

Schedule your Building Inspections

510-238-3444
You may request a building inspection by calling

Visit the Inspections Counter

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 2340
Oakland, CA 94612

The Inspections Counter is located on the Second Floor of 250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza

Please call 510-238-3444 to request inspections for Planning and Building issued Permits ONLY.

For Fire Prevention Bureau Inspections, please email: FPBReceptionist@oaklandca.gov

For Department of Transportation inspections, please call: 510-238-3561

Planning and Building Permit Inspection Procedures during Shelter in Place orders:

Per Alameda County Public Health Officer Public Health Order 20-14a in effect on June 18, 2020, all construction is allowed that follows the Construction Project Safety Protocols. Construction Safety Protocols: ·

Protection Plan Guidance and Template (Appendix A, updated for 20-14a) ·

Updated Small Construction Safety Protocol (Appendix B1) ·

Updated Large Construction Safety Protocol

Construction Safety Protocols must be in place and adhered to at all times for a permit inspection to take place. Compliance with the Public Health order is not negotiable.

Permit Inspectors will be screening all projects for compliance with Construction Safety Protocols during the morning call. If the site is unaware of the protocols, the inspection will not proceed and will be cancelled in the office. If the job site is not adhering to required Construction Safety Protocols the permit inspector will not conduct the inspection and issue a “Not Pass” with Correction Notice on first instance. Subsequent non-compliance can result in Stop Work issuance and referral to Alameda County Public Health Department and/or Oakland Police Department for further enforcement. Permit Inspector will not be calling from a 238 prefix, they will be calling from City issued mobile devices. Permit Inspectors may offer remote inspection based on if site is aware of protocols and will verify compliance and perform inspection remotely. For information about remote inspections, please visit: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/remote-building-permit-inspections

Permit Inspectors can request to see Daily Logs and JSAS reports to ensure their safety. Any Appendix B2 job site with a positive case will have to provide JSAS clearance report post disinfection of site. We apologize for any inconvenience the health of the public and permit inspectors is of upmost importance.

NOTE: There is a large volume of inspection requests at this time.

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.

Appointments for inspections must be made at least one full working day in advance. During busy construction months they may take several days or weeks to schedule. You must continue to schedule periodic inspections until the project is complete and the City of Oakland has given you final approval. After the job has received a final inspection, the building permit will be kept on file in the Building Services Department as proof of the work completed.

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:

  • Gas lines
  • Electrical service
  • Water and sewer services