A City of Oakland Grading Moratorium (Wet Weather Season) is in effect between October 15th to April 15th. No Grading Operations are allowed during this time.
Please review the Grading Ordinance and Permit Requirements below before beginning the application process.
Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.
Click the button below to be taken to an external site where you can view the Oakland Grading Ordinance.View Ordinance →
A Grading Permit is required before any grading is performed on private or public property whenever such grading will result in any of the following:
Provided that the volume of excavation and fill combined will not exceed five hundred (500) cubic yards on a parcel or contiguous parcels, no permit is required for any of the following:
Click button below to be taken to the downloadable Grading Permit Application.Open Application
Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If we need further information, we will contact you. If your application is approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.
A separate permit shall be required for each non-contiguous site. One permit may cover both an excavation and a fill on the same site.
Call (510) 238-3444 or find quick answers through our Permit & Services Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.
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