Welcome to the Housing Code Enforcement at the City of Berkeley, CA. We are part of the Department of Planning & Development.
The mission of Housing Code Enforcement is to preserve, improve and maintain the quality and the quantity of Berkeley's rental housing stock by: 1) Gaining compliance with current housing codes; 2) optimizing positive relationships with owners, residents and neighbors; and 3) enforcing housing codes, and coordinating with other City programs to provide safe and decent rental housing in Berkeley. Housing Code Enforcement has two basic components: 1)The Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP). A program in which owners certify to the City that their rental units meet certain basic safety standards. The City proactively inspects certain units which are randomly selected to ensure that they are in compliance with the City’s housing code. Tenants are encouraged to be vigilant and are required not to alter their units in ways that create safety hazards. 2) The Complaint-Generated Housing Inspection Program. This program involves the inspection of apartment buildings and units on a demand-driven basis. Staff responds to housing code complaints (filed with Housing Code Enforcement on a Request for Service form) initiated by Berkeley tenants or by other City programs. Staff normally responds by notifying the complainant and property owner of an impending inspection. Inspections usually take place in approximately 10 working days after communication with property owner and tenant. Shorter response times are arranged if the assigned Inspector assesses the complaint as serious. Property owners are required to correct identified violations within reasonable timeframes. 3) The ExteriorElevated Elements Inspection Program (E3). This program was adopted by the Berkeley City Council on July14, 2015, effective immediately. The E3 program requires all propertyowners of R-1 and R-2 type occupancies to hire a licensed professional toinspect and certify that all weather exposed exterior elevatedbalconies, decks, landings, walkways, terraces, stairway systems, guardrails,handrails, or any parts thereof are in a generally safe condition. Theproperty owner is then required to insure either an Exemption Declarationor an Inspection Certification form is submitted to the Housing CodeEnforcement office within six (6) months of passage and then every three yearsthereafter. For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions,Forms, and Guidelines visit the E3 website at the above link. The basic mission of Housing Code Enforcement is to enforce the State and the Berkeley Housing Codes. Any exceptions to the Housing Code are substandard conditions which pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of the tenant. Substandard conditions are referred to the City's Building Official for immediate follow up. Fees are charged as long as substandard conditions exist.Housing Code Enforcement is located at 2120 Milvia Street in the Permit Service Center. Our office can be reached at 981‑5444. To talk directly with one of our Inspectors, please call our office in the morning between 8:30-9:30 am and in the afternoon between 4:00-4:30 pm.