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Inspection Information

This page explains what you can expect from the building inspection process.

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I have my building permit, now what do I do?

Download and print your permit, approved plans, and job card from Permits Online before beginning construction.

  • Plans must be printed in color and in the original size in which they were submitted.
  • You must create an account in order to download documents.
  • Please make sure the approved plans and permits are available on site for each inspection or the inspector will be unable to perform the inspection.

How do I schedule/cancel construction inspections?

To schedule a building inspection, go to Permits Online and click on the Building Permits tab. To schedule a public works inspection, click on the Public Works tab.

  • Input the permit number as follows: B2017-XXXXX. 
  • Leave the start and end date populated or delete them.
  • Do not enter any other information, such as the address, parcel, or project. This will return an error message.
  • You do not need to create an account in order to schedule inspections.

Permits Online >> Building Permits Tab >> Input Permit Number

How do I find out my inspection time?

To find out the two hour time frame for your inspection, check Today's Scheduled Inspections.

If you do not see your property address listed and you have scheduled an inspection, cal (510) 981-7440 option 0 between 8:00 and 8:30 on the morning of your scheduled inspection.

What hours are inspectors available?

Inspectors are available by phone or in person Monday through Friday between the following hours: Inspector3

  • Mornings: 8:00am - 8:30am
  • Afternoons: 4:00pm - 4:25pm

To reach an inspector please call (510) 981-7440 option 2.

Is there a secret to passing inspections?

Yes - it is important to read and follow your plans.

State law requires an accurate record of what has been constructed. Changes made in the field can often require an additional level of plan review and approval. Sometimes the changes cannot be approved and will need to be fixed, costing you additional time and money.

To avoid any delays caused by deviations to the plans, it is best to contact the Permit Service Center at (510) 981-7451 to discuss them before making changes to the approved plans.

What if I do not pass an inspection?

If a project does not pass a required inspection, the inspector will issue a "correction notice" detailing items that need to be corrected. One the items have been corrected, you must schedule a re-inspection. As soon as the inspector approves all the corrected items, you may continue with the next phase of construction.

What are the requirements for a final inspection?

All final inspections are conducted at the same time and must be scheduled on the same day.

For example, if you are required to have Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing final inspections (as indicated by your permit application), then all four final inspections must be scheduled together on the same day.

Be sure to have any required documentation available for your inspector, such as the smoke and carbon monoxide affidavits, special inspection reports, and final engineering affidavits.

Do you offer after hours inspections?

We provide "after hour" inspections for your convenience. There is an extra fee for this service and it must first be approved by the Supervising Building Inspector. To request an after hour inspection, please fill out the Request for Evening/After Hour Inspection Form available on our website.

How long is a building permit valid for?

A permit (Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Public Works) is valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Permit extensions are available if needed. The First Permit Extension can be applied for and processed over-the-counter, whereas the Second or Subsequent Permit Extension requires review and approval from the Supervising Building Inspector.

The form can also be mailed to the Permit Service Center or emailed to buildingandsafety@cityofberkeley.info with payment provided over the phone by calling (510) 981-7500.

Why are inspections required and who can schedule them?

Inspections are required to verify the work is being done according to plans.

It is the property owner's responsibility to make sure all required inspections are made on a project, including final inspections. The contractor, however, may schedule the inspections and be the one one-site for each one.

What is the process for changing or adding a contractor once a permit has been issued?

The owner must notify the City of Berkeley Permit Service Center in person, 1947 Center Street, 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704 and provide the following:

  • The building permit number
  • Job address
  • A formal request to remove the former contractor listed on the permit/job/project and the effective date
  • The new contractor's name and valid City of Berkeley Business License
  • The new contractor's current California Safe Contractor's License number and expiration date

I'm still having difficulty with the new Permits Online system. What resources are available to assist me?

The Online Building Permits Guide provides step-by-step instructions for looking up permits, scheduling inspections, viewing the status of a permit and viewing/adding documents to a permit.

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