Apply for a Zoning Clearance Permit

If your business is in the City of Oakland, even if it is an office in your home, you'll need to get a Zoning Clearance Permit.

Apply for Zoning Clearance Online
Online Zoning Application
Get the Zoning Clearance Permit Form
Date Posted: September 9th, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
Last Updated: October 6th, 2021 @ 3:57 PM

Apply Online

Please follow these steps to apply for a Zoning Clearance online:

  1. Visit our Online Permit Center (no need to login or register)
  2. Click on the checkbox to acknowledge the disclaimer, and click the "Continue Application" button
  3. Open the "Planning" pull-down list of Record Types, select the "Zoning Clearance" radio button, and click "Continue Application"

Further Background

EXEMPTION: You don't need a Zoning Clearance Permit if your business is outside of the City or if your only business is being a rental property operator (landlord).

The Zoning Clearance Permit means your business can operate at your chosen location. In some cases, before you get a Zoning Clearance your proposed business activity must also go through a special Conditional Use Permit process.

The Zoning Clearance is a one-time permit that is good as long as your business stays the same and in the same location. You will need the Zoning Clearance permit before applying for your business tax certificate.

If your business will be open to the public, be sure you are also following all applicable local, state and federal laws to ensure access for disabled persons.

You can get learn more about zoning permits by calling the Zoning Hotline at (510) 238-3911.