Work Triggered by Building Permits
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If a permit is issued for a residential building, carbon monoxide detectors must be installed, if they have not already been installed.
Smoke detectors must be installed in residential buildings if the building permit valuation is $1,000 or more.
Gas Shut-off Valves
If the value of construction work exceeds $50,000, gas shut-off valves must be installed per Berkeley Municipal Code section 19.34.040.
Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures
For alterations, additions or improvements to residential or commercial buildings, all non-compliant plumbing fixtures must be replaced with water-conserving plumbing fixtures.
When alterations or additions are made to existing buildings or
facilities, an accessible path of travel to the specific area of alteration or
addition shall be provided, per California Building Code Section 11B-202.4. The primary
accessible path of travel shall include:
- A primary entrance to the building or facility,
- Toilet and bathing facilities serving the area,
- Drinking fountains serving the area,
- Public telephones serving the area, and
Plans shall provide
detailed information for all the existing and proposed exterior and interior
disabled access features associated with the proposed construction. Note: If
the project does not exceed a construction valuation threshold of $147,863, an
exception may be granted if the enforcing agency determines that full
compliance with any building standard creates an unreasonable hardship. To be
considered for such a determination, please include two copies of the City of
Berkeley’s Application for Unreasonable Hardship
with the drawings, completely filled-out and signed by all requested parties. Such
a determination is not a blanket exemption but, rather limits the required cost
of accessibility upgrades to 20% of the cost of the project.
Private Sewer Lateral (PSL)
Sewer lines on private property must be inspected and replaced or repaired when the value of construction work exceeds $60,000. You will be required to submit a Sewer Lateral Certificate (SLC) from the Public Works Department proving the private sewer lateral is less than 20 years old or has been repaired with the prior seven years before receiving a building permit for your remodeling project(s). If you do not submit the Sewer Lateral Certificate, the city will issue a plan check correction notice indicating you need to provide a copy of a Sewer Lateral Certificate before a building permit will be issued. Alternatively, the owner may replace the entire private sewer lateral without prior inspection or testing. Private Sewer Lateral Compliance Questions: (510) 981-6423. For more information, see Public Works sewer lateral.
For assistance with filling our the C&D form, contact Building & Safety at (510) 981-7440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.