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#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.

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.

2021 Emergency Operations Plan Update [EOP]

An emergency operations plan, or EOP, is a document that describes how people, property, and the environment will be protected during an emergency. The EOP details who is responsible for carrying out specific actions, establishes lines of authority and organizational relationships and outlines how actions will be coordinated. The EOP provides guidance for all-types of hazards which may impact the City throughout the year. The EOP guides personnel in performance of their duties before, during, and through initial emergency recovery. In 2021, the City of Oakland will update its Emergency Operations Plan.

2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan [LHMP]

On June 15, 2021, the City of Oakland adopted the 2021-2026 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP serves as a meaningful guide to increasing the Oakland community’s resilience in the face of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, extreme heat and fires. Thank you to all who provided input to the plan!

2021 Oakland Earth Day

As we prepare for a potentially busy fire season this year, we recognize the role climate change plays in natural disasters and how we can take action now to address some of the root causes of these events.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. The code requirements for meeting standards of access can be found in the Oakland Municipal Code (OMC). Each property owner, design professional, and contractor must ensure that their capital improvements meet these standards. This webpage provides context for the ADA’s history and application for construction, but the OMC is the standard which construction must meet.

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.