What's New?

What's new at the Permit Service Center?

The City of Berkeley has a consolidated permit counter offering four separate agencies in one centralized location to issue permits for Building, Zoning, Fire Prevention and Public Works, Engineering.

The City of Berkeley Permit Service Center assists customers through all stages of the permit process. In an on-going effort to improve customer service, the Permit Service Center will be piloting new ways of delivering service.

Please note that all financial transactions need to be concluded by 4 p.m., which means a person needs to be signed in by no later than 3:30 p.m.

  • Appointments:

Appointments are required for all projects other than those issued over the counter:

  • New submittals
  • Re-submittals
  • Revisions
  • Projects ready to be issued

Please call (510) 981-7502 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will reduce the wait time. It takes approximately 30 minutes for in-take for the above projects. Please call and schedule your appointment. Our aim is to provide the very best customer service.

  • Over the Counter Plan Review:

    • The PSC offers over-the-counter plan review services daily from 9-3 p.m.  (9-2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.)  Over-the-counter plan review is for projects that can be completed within 30 minutes or less. While you wait, your project plans are reviewed by all applicable agencies.

    • Over-the-counter review is available for less complicated projects such as kitchen and bathroom remodels and new or replacement windows/doors.

Please note that all financial transactions need to be concluded by 4 p.m., which means a person needs to be signed in by no later than 3:30 p.m.

  • 24- Hour Automated Construction Inspection Scheduling:

    • Building and Safety has an inspection telephone line to schedule construction inspections.  Call (510) 981-7444, or schedule an inspection online at http://www.CityofBerkeley.info/BuildingInspections.  For Fire permit inspections call (510) 981-5585.