Please note that while the Community Development Department continues to operate with modified procedures, the Department intends to pause all time-limits and deadlines associated with ongoing notices, application reviews, enforcement activities and other matters for the duration of the shelter at home order.

We will continue to process Building and Planning permits during the shelter at home order. If you have specific questions about how the order affects your project, please contact us at Please visit for the latest updates.
The Building Division ensures new construction is built in a manner that satisfies the health and safety regulations set forth by the California Building Code and the El Cerrito Municipal Code.

The Building Division staff assists residents, business owners, residential contractors, and commercial developers with construction related issues through face to face meetings at the counter and field, Building Code interpretations, plan review, issuance of building permits upon approval of plans, inspection of construction, as well as code enforcement actions. In addition, the staff works with landlords and tenants to implement the Rental Inspection Program to ensure that the city's rental housing stock is safe and sanitary as defined in the El Cerrito Municipal Code.

To request an inspection or permit information:

Fill out our online Inspection Request Form, or email.

**Please note that the Inspection Request Form is a request. You will not be considered scheduled until you receive confirmation from a permit technician.

To request property records or permit history:

Fill out the Records Request Form online or visit the Public Records webpage for more information.