#OaklandCounts 2020 Census

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to count every person living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status. In March-April 2020, Oakland residents will participate in the next decennial census count ensuring that our community receives its share of federal funding that supports education, housing, health, transportation, and other critical programs that make Oakland thrive.

2016-2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City has adopted the 2016-2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, after a public process that included four informational workshops in March and April of 2016, in different neighborhoods of the City, to inform residents of the risks from natural hazards, such as earthquake, fire or flooding.

2019 Building Standards Code Changes

California's Building Standards Code has changed under the state's three-year update cycle. Changes to the code affect all new building permit applications submitted on or after January 1st, 2020. Please review the summary documents below outlining code updates, including residential, electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes.

2020 Census Key Dates

Residents can expect to receive mailed invitations to participate in the 2020 Census in March 2020. Census Day is on April 1, 2020, but you will have the opportunity to submit your responses online or over the phone beginning in mid-March 2020.

Accessible Parking

Oakland's Department of Transportation is committed to helping people with disabilities get around the city easily.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) / Secondary Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) — also known as Secondary Units — are attached or detached accessory dwellings that provide independent living for one or more people, including permanent facilities for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation. As of January 1, 2020, state and local laws surrounding ADUs have changed to allow for their construction with Single- and Multi-Family dwellings. See below for new applications and how-to guides that reflect the latest requirements.

Adult Sailing and Boating

Unfortunately, the Lake Merritt Boating Center is not providing any adult sailing classes in 2021.

Aging Services

The City provides services that support independence, safety, health, and active living for seniors. We work with community partners to support services that include care management, jobs, training, volunteering, recreation and transportation assistance.

Alcohol Beverage Action Team (ABAT)

The ABAT Unit is responsible for licensing, inspecting, and conducting enforcement operations at all alcohol and tobacco establishments within the City of Oakland to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal law. The unit also responds to citizen complaints regarding nuisance bars and stores. In addition, the unit provides free training to educate business owners about various local and state regulations related to their businesses. The goals of ABAT enforcement operations are to (1) decrease criminal and nuisance activity associated with ABC or TRL licensed premises in the City; (2) decrease the sale of alcohol or tobacco products to minors; (3) ensure that all licensed locations are abiding by local, state, and federal laws; (4) educate the public; and (5) bring licensed premised back to productive use through education and enforcement.