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Building Permits

ATTN Berkley Residents: As of May 7, 2020, construction activities are permitted to resume, under the Governor's Executive Order 2020-70. City Hall remains closed to the public and city staff is operating in a limited capacity, working remotely from home as feasible. Inspectors will not be available in City Hall. Please see below details regarding the Building Department's process for construction activity.  

A building permit is an official approval to proceed with a construction project and the intent is to ensure that the project plans comply with local standards for land use, zoning, and construction. These standards ensure the safety of current and future building owners and occupants and enforcement of zoning and land-use policies. Specific issues that the building permit process may address include structural integrity, zoning, sanitation, water and sewer lines, fire resistance, and electrical service.

City of Berkley inspectors and clerks review permit applications and plans to ensure compliance with the City building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes. Inspections are done to ensure that the plans and codes are followed. This protects residents and property values.

Permits or zoning certificates are required for most types of work. Please call the Building Department if you aren’t sure if a permit is required. If a contractor will be doing the work, it is his responsibility to apply for the permit. State law actually requires a contractor to pull a permit for work he is doing. 

While permits are required for many types of projects, we offer the most frequently-issued ones listed below for your convenience. Click on the permit category for more information. The required application is also provided.

Berkley Building Department Reopens Construction Activities Under the Governor's Executive Order 2020-70

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