Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Barrels

No permit or city approval is needed for rain barrel systems of 100 gallons or less per vessel, provided all city requirements are met.  Rainwater catchment systems over 100 gallons require permits and approval from the City of Berkeley Building Department. 

Rain Barrel System Requirements:

Note: Rain catchment systems over 100 gallons or over 100 gallons in aggregate per downspout will be considered cisterns subject to the permitting requirements.

Resources and Links:

City of Berkeley Website on Rainwater Harvesting

Bay Area Stormwater Management Rain Barrels and Cisterns Handout

American Rainwater Catchment System Association: ARCSA

East Bay Municipal Utility District: (EBMUD)

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