Building Plan Check Services

The Plan Check Services division of Building Bureau offers a team of in-house engineers to review and answer questions pertaining to submitted plans. To better serve Oakland residents and customers, Plan Check Engineers are available for drop-in consultations and during the specified hours shown below.

About

DROP-IN HOURS:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am – 12 Noon
  • Wednesday: 9:30am – 12 Noon

Please note that Building Plan Check Engineers can only address Building Code related issues pertaining to their plan review. Examples of relevant topics include:

  • Questions pertaining to annotations on documents approved by a specific Plan Check Engineer
  • Questions pertaining to plan check comments by a specific Plan Check Engineer
  • Questions pertaining to proposed revisions to documents approved by a specific Plan Check Engineer
  • Questions pertaining to a correction notice issued by a City of Oakland inspector regarding a discrepancy in the plans approved by a specific Plan Check Engineer. When possible, the City of Oakland inspector AND the specific Plan Check Engineer should be present

All other meetings and consultations are by APPOINTMENT ONLY

To schedule an appointment with, or to ask a question about a specific plan review by a specific Plan Check Engineer:

  • Obtain contact info for a specific engineer at the City of Oakland’s Building & Infrastructure Plan Check Engineers Directory and contact him or her to arrange a meeting. To determine the name of a specific Plan Check Engineer for an assigned building permit application, visit https://aca.accela.com/oakland. Search for a specific permit number and navigate to the Processing Status to find his/her name under Plan Check Review.
  • Provide property address and building permit number. Provide as much specificity as possible as to the nature of your question and codes (if known) in question.
  • When scheduling an appointment, please provide all relevant information such as date desired for appointment, job address, permit number(s) and reason(s) for desired appointment.

FOR GENERAL BUILDING CODE RELATED QUESTIONS:

  • See the Engineer of the Day (EOD) at the 2nd Floor Permit Counter of 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
  • Contact the City of Oakland via email at buildingplancheckinfo@oaklandca.gov.
  • Provide as much specificity as possible as to the nature of your question and codes (if known) in question.
  • Please see the resources listed below for questions that may be answered online.

RESOURCES

Much of the information relevant to commercial and residential construction requirements and standards is available at the following web links:

For questions regarding historical buildings or the Historical Building Code please contact Betty Marvin at bmarvin@oaklandca.gov

To inquire about the status of a contractor’s license, or to file a complaint, please contact the California State License Board: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/

Contact Us

Map location for Building Plan Check Services, located at 250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
2nd Floor, Room 2340
Oakland, CA 94612