Building Inspections

Building inspections ensure the safety of the built environment for Oaklanders. Inspectors are available during drop-in hours or by appointment (see below) 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

Wet Weather Moratorium on Grading work starts on October 15, 2019

News

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Oct 02, 2019

Extended Permit Counter Hours to Continue

Oakland’s Planning & Building Department Continues to Pilot New Service Offerings: Maintains Extended Permit Counter Hours for Small-Scale Residential Projects

Apr 26, 2019

New Planning and Building Counter Hours

Effective May 1st, 2019 the Planning and Building Department will be implementing new customer service hours. (Note: Inspection Counter Hours are changing effective June 3rd, 2019)

About

DROP-IN HOURS:

Permit Inspector Hours
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 am – 9am (Not available on Wednesdays)

Senior/Supervisor Hours
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 am – 12 Noon
- Wednesday: 10 am – 12 Noon

All other meetings or consultations by appointment only. E-mail InspectionInfo@oaklandca.gov for appointment requests.

Building Inspections

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. 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 a maximum of 20 minutes per stop. During busy construction months, you may have to schedule several days in advance. Periodic inspections must be scheduled until the project is completed and the City gives 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.

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. Inspectors will not inspect if the approved plans/documents are not on site.

During the construction phase, inspections by City Inspectors are required prior to:

  • Placing concrete or grout
  • Covering electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work
  • Covering floor framing
  • Covering interior sides of wall framing
  • Taping gypsum wallboard
  • Applying stucco
  • Insulation
  • Shower Walls prior to tiling
  • Exterior & Interior shear nailing
  • Waterproof membrane at exterior balconies, stairs, etc.
  • Roof plywood nailing
  • Roof framing
  • Shafts
  • Fire protection

Inspections are also required prior to connecting to, or the hook-up of:

  • Gas lines
  • Electrical service and/or
  • Water and sewer service

For more information, contact the Building Services Department at (510) 238-3444.

Permit Inspection Request

The City of Oakland provides several easy ways to schedule your inspections. However you end up scheduling, you will need to be prepared with the following information:

  • Permit number(s)
  • Property address
  • Date(s) of inspection(s)
  • Type(s) of inspection (shown on your Inspection Card)
  • Your name and contact telephone (for the morning of the inspection)
  • Your name and contact telephone/fax/e-mail (for sending schedule confirmation)

We will not be able to schedule your inspection if:

  • You owe fees
  • Your permit is expired or suspended

Please Note: You must contact other agencies directly to schedule their inspections: 


  • Public Works (CGS, X, SL permits): (510) 238-3651
  • Fire Prevention Bureau: (510) 238-3462

Inspection Documents

If you are looking for information about residential window replacement or residential fire repair, please call the Permit Center at (510) 238-3891.

Contact Us

Map location for Building Inspections, located at 250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Suite 2340
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone Numbers

Email Address

InspectionInfo@oaklandca.gov