Please review the Permit Requirements below as these vary from project to project.
Regular Design Review (DR) is required for the construction of two (2) new primary dwelling units (a duplex), other than a secondary unit. The project must obtain Design Review approval from the Bureau of Planning prior to submitting for a Building Permit. The Building Permit for a new duplex includes all related Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing (MEP) work within the building, and must be obtained before any construction work begins. Separate Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing (MEP) permits for the project are not required.
Please note that separate permits will also be required from the Oakland Department of Transportation, Oakland Fire Department, and Oakland Public Works depending on the scope of the project.
Once we receive your application, staff will contact you regarding your intake appointment during which your submittal will be reviewed for completeness. It is recommended that you are available for questions during that appointment, but not required. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.
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