Building Inspections

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Building Inspections


To schedule an inspection, please fill out our Inspection Request Form.

When requesting a building inspection, the turnaround time is no less than 48 hours excluding Fridays and weekends.

Please note: Inspections are only offered Monday through Thursday and no inspections on Wednesday afternoons.
  1. Building Inspection


    Physical Address
    10890 San Pablo Ave.
    El Cerrito, CA 94530

    Phone: 510-215-4360


Please keep in mind that we are experiencing unusually high volumes of inspection requests and it may not possible to get an inspector out until two to four days after request. On the day of your inspection, make sure that the permit and approved plans are available at your project site and that the work for which you called an inspection has been completed. There is no penalty for cancelling and rescheduling an inspection.

As of June 1, 2020, and due to increased inspection demand, there will be some procedural changes for building inspections in the City of El Cerrito. Please make requests at least two (2) business days prior to being needed. Due to current increased volume and limited staff time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it may not be possible to meet the 48-hour timeline. A Permit Technician will inform the requestor by email of the scheduled inspection day after processing the request. Inspectors will not schedule inspections.

The cut-off time for scheduling inspections is 4 PM each day. Requests made after 4 PM will be processed after the end of the next business day. When scheduling inspections, it is required to request either an AM or PM time. Exact times will not be offered. Inspectors will no longer contact those who have requested an inspection on the morning of the inspection to allow them to leave the office sooner to accommodate greater numbers of inspections. Instead, their order of inspections will be posted on the Building Division website by 9 AM each inspection day.

Inspections are offered during the following days and times:
Monday
Tuesday
 Wednesday Thursday
Friday
 9am to 12pm
 9am to 12pm
 9am to 12pm
 9am to 12pm
 
     Closed from 12pm to 1pm
   Closed
 1pm to 3pm
 1pm to 4:30pm
   1pm to 4:30pm
 
You may request an AM or a PM inspection. We will try to honor these requests, if possible. If you need to contact your inspector for matters other than the inspection schedule for your project, they will be available by phone from 7:30 to 8:30 AM only on the days inspections are offered.

Social distancing practices are required and Construction Safety Protocols must be adhered to while our inspectors are on site. All persons present for an inspection must be wearing face masks or coverings. Failure to maintain safety requirements will result in a terminated or cancelled inspection without approval of the work for which the inspection was scheduled and a re-inspection fee will be assessed. The re-inspection will need to be scheduled for the next available day and time after the re-inspection fee has been paid.

A copy of the Construction Safety Protocols for both Large and Small projects can be found on the Contra Costa County Health Department website at https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/health-orders. The City of El Cerrito Building Division will also post these protocols on our website and we will make printed copies available at our permit counter.

Protocol for large construction projects
Protocol for small construction projects

During this closure, the Building Division will continue to respond to questions and inquiries via phone and email. Please contact us at (510) 215-4360 or building@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us