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Building Demolitions - Description:
It is the expectation of the City of Berkeley that all building demolitions will be carried out in a manner conducive to public safety. This includes the prevention of debris falling into the public right-of-way or onto adjoining properties, and prompt and proper disposal of all debris. Debris is not to be stored on adjoining properties or in the public right-of-way without prior written consent. [more...]

Engineering Permit Information - These services are now delivered at the Permit Service Center located at 2120 Milvia Street.  [more...]

Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24) - Building Permit applicants for the projects listed below are required to divert Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste and debris from landfill disposal in accordance with Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24) and the Berkeley Green Code (BMC 19.37). [more...]

Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO replaced RECO/CECO 
Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO), Berkeley Municipal Code 19.81, replaced both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). BESO requires Berkeley building owners to complete energy efficiency opportunity assessments and publicly report the building's energy efficiency information with the goal of helping building owners save energy and motivating them to participate in whole-building energy efficiency programs, such as Energy Upgrade California. [more...]

Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire ExposureBerkeley Building Code Chapter 7A, BMC 19.28.030, andBerkeley Residential Code R327, BMC 19.28.040(AKA: Hillside Ordinance) - As mandated by the State of California, the City of Berkeley adopted building standards for the control of fire in local wildland-urban interface areas. The regulations, adopting the State codes and continuing Berkeley’s existing protections, apply to those parcels currently in Fire Zone 3 and in a slightly expanded Fire Zone 2. On January 1, 2011, the Berkeley City Council adopted the new State standards along with local amendments to continue the compatible existing requirements. The revised Chapter 7A of the Berkeley Building Code and R327 of the Berkeley Residential Code, which addresses construction standards in the designated areas, were adopted as Berkeley Municipal Code Sections 19.28.030 and 19.28.040. Building permits applications filed after January 1, 2011 must comply with these standards. [more...]

Information for Re-Roof Permits - What inspections are required for new roofs and re-roofs in Berkeley?  [more...]

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