Zoning by Address
Need to find your Zoning District Online?
Every property within the City has a zoning designation. The steps below guide you to finding the zoning for a property using the street address, owner or Assessor Parcel Number (APN).
- Go to our Zoning by Address and Buidling Permit History database.
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- Enter the parcel information in the search box using the address, APN or owner.
- From the Search Results Page click on the Address for a Property Summary. This provides the zoning district. A property's zoning determines what type of land uses are allowed (residential, commercial, etc.), what size buildings are allowed ("development standards"), how much parking is requried, and the types of permits required for different activities and changes to the property.
When you reach the Property Summary page for a subject property, in the upper left hand corner click on:
“Building Permits” for building permit history to 1991
“Creek Status” to view the applicability of the creek ordinance to the subject property
“Parcel Conditions” to view General Plan Area, building inspector, fire, fault rupture, and flood zone, arts district, creek buffer, and landmark building status. Click on each category to lean more.
The County of Alameda Assessor maintains data about the size and dimensions of all lots in the county. This information is not available from the City of Berkeley. You can look up this information and get parcel maps from the county website: http://www.acgov.org/assessor/maps.htm
Residential District Development Standards
Residential Zoning Districts standards provide for adequate light and air for the City's general welfare by limiting the height, bulk and size of buildings. The standards also require building yard setbacks from property lines and separations between buildings.
Commercial District Development and Land Use Standards
Commercial districts designate and limit what type of activities can be permitted in the City’s various zoning districts, they specify what permits are required to start a new business, and they indicate the building standards for new construction and additions by limiting the height, bulk and size of buildings to be compatible with the area.
Questions: Contact the Planning Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-981-7410