The Planning and Building Department works with the Planning Commission and the community to make long-term plans for growth and development in Oakland. You can learn more about different parts of the City's General Plan by looking at the documents on this page.
Here is your information on compost, recycling, trash and bulky services for Oakland residents. You will also find information for businesses, for construction and demolition, and for events.
Between 2017 and 2021, our population is forecast to increase by another 20,000 people (5%) and we will approach 500,000 residents by 2031. Part of adequately serving our current residents includes planning for our new residents – where they will live and work, and what transportation they will use.
We offer sports leagues for adults and youth to get active through team sports. Both teams and individuals can register for a variety of sports teams and leagues.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) states that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of or subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Information about compliance with Title VI is available, including policies, procedures and complaints.
The City contracts with the non-profit Lake Merritt Institute to remove litter along the shoreline, maintain trash booms and aeration fountains, provide education for schools and businesses, and coordinate volunteers in these activities.
A regional agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been reached in the form of a Federal Consent Decree (CD) focused on significantly improving the aging sewer infrastructure and protect the San Francisco Bay from sewage spills.
The City of Oakland implements various programs to control pollution in stormwater as required by the Federal Clean Water Act.
The fourth section in Oakland’s 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) focuses on climate adaptation. Even if Oakland’s contribution to the climate crisis ended tomorrow, our city would still be impacted by climate change. Carbon in the atmosphere will continue to influence sea level rise, wildfires, and other threats. While Oakland continues its efforts to slow and reverse climate change, resilient infrastructure and risk reduction measures must be in place to address the immediate and foreseeable climate risks to health and safety, particularly in frontline communities.
The Coliseum Area Specific Plan seeks to transform the underutilized land around the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Arena into a world-class sports, entertainment and science & technology district that boasts a dynamic and active urban setting with retail, entertainment, arts, culture, live and work uses. The Plan was adopted by City Council in March, 2015.
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) evaluates a proposed project's impacts on the physical environment, such as traffic, air pollution, historic and archeological resources, biology, geology, public services and utilities, and hazardous materials. An EIR also recommends steps to avoid or minimize those impacts, called mitigation measures.
We can help your business comply with Oakland's trash, recycling and composting requirements. Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc (WMAC) is the exclusive provider of commercial trash and compost collection services. OaklandRecycles.com has complete information about available services.
Eligibility requirements to serve on the Redistricting Commission and Screening Panel.
Classifications define job qualifications and compensation for City employees.
The Department of Human Services partners with community-based organizations to support collaboratives that improve neighborhoods and support vulnerable residents.
The Community Development Block Grant Program rebuilds and revitalize depressed areas and increases access to life-enhancing services. The program provides funding for housing, economic development and neighborhood improvement/public service projects for low- and moderate-income residents in seven Community Development areas.
To provide a secure source of funding and clear maintenance responsibilities, in 2015 the City formed the Community Facilities District (CFD) No. 2015-1 (Gateway Industrial District) and adopted Ordinance No. 13324 C.M.S. authorizing the annual levy of the special tax within the CFD. The CFD provides a parcel tax on properties in the City Gateway Industrial District to fund maintenance of the public roads and infrastructure. The CFD is managed by the Department of Public Works.
Our community gardens enable residents to grow organic flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. You can volunteer in one of our gardens. We also offer rental plots. We offer youth gardening through schools, nonprofits and our recreation centers.
We aim to strengthen the network of Oakland's safety net services and work with partners to provide housing services for homeless and at-risk populations. Services include: Emergency Housing Program, Winter Relief Program, Emergency Winter Shelter, Homeless Mobile Outreach Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and more.