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Brookdale Recreation Center

Located in the Maxwell Park District, Brookdale Recreation Center offers fun and creative recreational programs for youth and teens. Picnic tables and barbecue pits are provided high on the hill above the sounds of the vibrant neighborhood below. Picnic sites are available for use. Reservations can be made for a small fee. This park also includes a Science Discovery Center offering many social, community building, and educational activities. Stop by and visit with our friendly staff.

Budget Bureau

The Budget Bureau develops a balanced and fiscally responsible City budget. Every two years, we produce a Biennial Proposed Budget and an Adopted Budget. Additionally, we analyze the City's income and expenses to make sure our programs are efficient and effective.

Building Inspections

Planning and Building inspections ensure the safety of the built environment for Oaklanders. PBD Permit Inspections ensure that construction is proceeding according to the approved plans, project conditions-of-approval, and all current code standards. All projects must be in compliance with State of California CalOSHA industry guidelines. Please read below for more information.

Buildings + Energy

The second section of Oakland’s 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) focuses on buildings and energy. Buildings emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) indirectly by using electricity produced at power plants, and directly by burning natural gas to operate major appliances. In Oakland, buildings account for a quarter of local emissions. While California has led the country in policy to make electricity cleaner, natural gas can never be made clean and will always be unsafe and unhealthy to use in buildings. Therefore, Oakland must shift our building energy away from natural gas, toward clean electricity and energy efficient homes and businesses. The ECAP’s Actions work toward a future with safe and healthy interior spaces that are resilient, efficient, and accessible, prioritizing the needs of low-income and sensitive populations.

Buildings and Facilities Services

Public Works provides direct tenant services to a wide variety of client agencies, including custodial services, building engineering, security and access controls, air quality monitoring, emergency response and property management.

Bushrod Recreation Center

Located in North Oakland’s Temescal District, Bushrod Recreation Center was constructed in 2000, making it one of newest recreation centers in the area. Bushrod is equipped with a full sized gymnasium, weight room, kitchen, play structure, lighted basketball and tennis courts, lighted football/soccer fields, baseball/softball field, and picnic areas. Let’s make Bushrod your home away from home.

Business Permits

All about the permits, fees and other requirements needed to operate a business in the City of Oakland.

CalHome Program

The CalHome Program partners with lenders to assist low-income, first-time homebuyers with buying a home in the City of Oakland. This program is currently suspended for lack of funds. This page will be updated when we have funding replenished and are taking reservations.

Campaign Finance Rules and Disclosure

Candidates for City elected offices, including OUSD Board members, campaign committees and local ballot measure committees, as well as other persons and entities making independent expenditures on candidates or ballot measures in Oakland are subject to campaign rules under the California Political Reform Act and Oakland Campaign Reform Act. The Public Ethics Commission enforces campaign rules, serves as filing officer for campaign finance reporting and provides education and advice.

Camps

Our camps teach youth the wonders of the great outdoors and respect for nature. Our activities help youth make new friends, build their problem-solving skills, and develop self confidence and independence. We have programs for kids age 3 years and older.

Cannabis Equity Program

In the Spring of 2017, the City Council enacted an Equity Permit Program that addresses disparities in the cannabis industry by prioritizing the victims of the war on drugs, and minimizing barriers of entry into the industry.

Capital Contracts Division

The Capital Contracts Division (CCD) provides contract services for two departments: the Public Works Department (OPW) and the Department of Transportation (OakDOT). Our contracts are only for capital improvement projects, which are projects that improve the infrastructure of City property. These projects are approved by the City Council during the two year budget cycle.

Car Share

OakDOT's Parking & Mobility Division is implementing two separate car share pilot programs: the Free-Floating Car Share Pilot and the Dedicated Space Car Share Pilot. Electric mopeds are eligible vehicles under this program.