CECO: Commercial Property Sold or Transferred 

Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) will replace both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). The transition from RECO/CECO to BESO will occur between October 9, 2015 and December 1, 2015. Effective October 9, 2015, RECO/CECO deferrals are no longer available. For more information about the transition from RECO/CECO to BESO, see www.cityofberkeley.info/BESO  

CECO Steps:

Owners of commercial properties need to apply for CECO prior to sale of the property. 

  1. Check the CECO property status list If property is not exempt, complete the following steps:
  2. Schedule and get CECO audit (Receive Form 2 post-audit)
  3. File for CECO permit 
  4. Make improvements and upgrades specified in audit 
  5. Schedule Inspection 
  6. Include evidence of compliance (completed CECO Form 2 with inspector signature verifying compliance) in the closing package delivered to the buyer

1. Check Exempt Properties Status

Check the online CECO property status list or call 510-981-7439 and provide address and Assessors Parcel Number to check on exemption status if you are unsure.

2. Schedule and get CECO Audit and receive Form 2
3. File for CECO Permit

Complete and submit all required documents and fees together. Submit the following complete permit package: 

Mail (or submit in person) to: Permit Service Center, Building & Safety Division, 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA  94704.  See Permit Service Center website for hours and directions. 

4. Make improvements and upgrades specified in audit 

Complete and install all audit required CECO measures

5. Schedule Inspection

Call the City of Berkeley Building and Safety Division 24 hour request line at 981-7444 to self-schedule an inspection, or schedule an inspection online at http://www.CityofBerkeley.info/BuildingInspections.  

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

NOTE:  Inspections are scheduled for the next available City of Berkeley business day.

When your building passes inspection, you will receive a final signed copy of CECO Form 2 showing what measure(s) have been installed or complied with.


Authorized Audit Fees: Due and payable to the auditor at time of audit.

Less than 30,000 sq. ft.:

  • Class I Audit:  $180.00/audit; includes all energy systems except for hot water boilers or steam boilers, multi-zone HVAC systems, chillers or commercial refrigeration equipment.
  • Class II Audit: $250/audit; includes ALL systems.

Greater than 30,000 sq. ft. No more than the amounts below:

  • Class I Audit:  $0.01/square foot of total conditioned floor space
  • Class II Audit:  $0.02/square foot of total conditioned floor space

Other Fees:

  • Expedited Audit Fee: Double the regular audit fee.
  • Missed appointment fee: $115.00 The applicant will be charged if they do not show within 15 minutes of the appointed time.  An applicant may reschedule or cancel an appointment without charge if they call at least one working day before the appointment.
  • Re-visit Fee: $90.00  Please have someone familiar with the building and its mechanical systems available to unlock the doors, locate equipment and operate the building system controls for the auditor.  If the auditor must make a second visit to the site to gather information that was not available on the first visit, or to access a part of the building that was inaccessible on the first visit, the applicant will be charged.

City of Berkeley Permit and Inspection Fees: Due and payable to the City of Berkeley at time of permit filing.

CECO Forms (PDF files)

For more information, see Ordinance 6176-N.S.

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