Community Development Department

The mission of the Community Development Department is to deliver services, projects and programs that provide a safe, connected, environmentally-focused and high quality of life in El Cerrito. The Department achieves this mission through planning and implementing programs and private and public development projects that promote community, environmental quality and economic vitality.

Department Overview

The Community Development Department provides the community with innovative and practical solutions to enhance a prosperous, healthy and sustainable city through the following divisions and programs:
  • Affordable Housing: high quality affordable housing development; affordable housing opportunities; housing policy and programs.
  • Building: plan review and inspection services; community outreach and education; enforcement of State building regulations.
  • Code Enforcement: ensure that building and zoning ordinances are followed by responding to citizen complaints and proactively investigating violations.
  • Economic Development: development services; job creation; private investment and small business support.
  • Planning: development review process; City codes, plans and regulations; long-range planning efforts.

CURRENT events


The Community Development Department has new fees that will be effective on May 7, 2018.

Click here to view the new fees.
Click here to view the e-packet for the Council Meeting

El Cerrito Homeowner's Workshop Series Presents:
The FIRST 72

Thursday, April 26, 2018
El Cerrito City Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Learn what you need to know about how to best prepare for an emergency and about what to do within the first 72 hours after a disaster such as an earthquake.
The El Cerrito Fire Department will also be there to make a brief presentation on CERT (Community Emergency Response Training).

To register, contact Jennifer Peat in the Community Development Department at 215-4362 or Sign up below for our E-Newsletter to receive updates on this and more workshops and events.