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Building Permits

10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA  94530

Ph: (510) 215-4360
Fx: (510) 233-5401

Monday & Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Alternate Fridays
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed every other Friday
Building Permits are required for all buildings or structures which are to be altered, repaired, enlarged, improved upon or converted, or where any change in the size of a room takes place or any electrical or plumbing work is involved.

Some examples of projects requiring permits are:
  • Room Additions
  • Interior Remodel
  • Windows/Doors
  • Drainage
  • Decks
  • Spa/Swimming Pool
  • Foundation Repair
  • Driveways
  • Termite Repair
  • Roof Replacement
  • Water Heater Install
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Siding

Plan Submittal Checklist

Before commencing construction it is recommended that you contact the City Building Division to make certain that a permit is required and for information on Building Division requirements for residential and commercial buildings including  new dwellings, additions, remodels, alterations, and repairs.

Additionally, before a building permit can be issued by the Building Division, information concerning zoning regulations must be obtained and adhered to from the Planning Division for those projects requiring zoning clearance prior to a permit being issued (new dwellings, additions, fences, decks, carports, garages). Zoning regulations include but are not limited to minimum distances or setbacks from the property lines for buildings/accessory structures, fences/decks as well as maximum height restrictions.