CECO for Renovations or Additions
Owners of commercial properties must apply CECO for:

  • Renovations of more than $50,000
  • Additions that will increase the conditioned area of your commercial property by more than 10%.
  1. Check for Exempt Property status. (See the online CECO property status list) If property is not exempt:
  2. Schedule and get CECO audit (Receive Form 2 post-audit)
  3. Include CECO audit with your plans
  4. Make improvements and upgrades specified in audit 
  5. Schedule Inspection (CECO inspection will be included in building permit inspection)

1. Check for Exempt Properties

If your property meets any of the following criteria, it is exempt. File Form 4 with the Permit Service Center (no fee required).

  • Property has achieved complete compliance within the past ten years
  • Property is a newly constructed building within the past ten years
  • Project is a complete gut rehab of the entire building
  • The sales price is less than 25% of current assessed valuation or  the historic energy use is less than 50kBtu/sf or less than $2,000 annually

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 post-audit
  • Call to request an Energy Audit: 510-981-9819. Audits are conducted by CESC (Community Energy Services Corporation), the only authorized CECO Auditor.  Click here to see CESC webpage. The audit will be completed and Form 2 will be sent to you post-audit within ten working days of your call.  If you request an expedited CECO audit, your audit will be scheduled and forms processed within five working days.

  • Alternate: Conduct a self-audit.  See Performing a Self Audit for CECO for more information. This booklet provides detailed steps for checking all energy systems, equipment and appliances for CECO compliance. If performing a self-audit use Self-Audit Checklist. Self-audits will trigger a full audit review by a City of Berkeley building inspector which may identify additional measures. 


3. Include CECO Audit with Your Plans


  • Include one copy of the CECO audit on your blue prints and submit three additional copies and file with the Permit Service Center Building & Safety Division, 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA  94704. See Permit Service Center website for hours and directions. 

  • Pay Permit Fee, make check payable to City of Berkeley.

4. Make improvements and upgrades specified in audit 

Complete all 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:

  • Permit (Application) Number
  • Permit Type
  • Inspection Type
  • Inspection Date
  • A Contact Telephone Number

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

Audit Fees (Due and payable to the auditor at the time of the 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.

CECO Forms (PDF files)

  • CECO Form 1 : General Application
  • Form 2 will be provided to you by CESC (authorized CECO auditor) post-audit unless you are conducting a self-audit (see Guide Section 2 above) 
  • CECO Form 3: Application for Appeal  
  • CECO Form 4 : General Exemption Form

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

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