Winter Break Closure Permits and Inspections
City offices will be closed for winter break beginning at close of business on Wednesday, December 21st until Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, at 8 AM. Applications for permits must be submitted no later than 12 noon on December 16th or they will not be processed until January 3rd, 2023. Permitted projects needing an inspection (during this time or) on January 3rd or 4th, must make a request by 4 PM on December 16th. Electronic applications will be accepted during the closures. All applications submitted after December 31 will be reviewed under the new 2022 California Building Code
Inspection requests can be made on the City’s website at www.el-cerrito.org/inspectionrequest
to view today's inspections. Please note that inspection times are am/pm only. For example, if your appointment time says "9:15", your appointment is between 8:30am and 11:59 am. if your appointment says "14:30", your appointment is between 12:00 and 3:30pm.
**All inspection requests must be made at least 48 business hours, excluding Fridays, prior to your preferred inspection date.
As of June 1, 2020, and due to increased inspection demand, there will be some procedural changes for building inspections in the City of El Cerrito. Please make requests at least 48 business hours, excluding Fridays, prior to being needed. Due to increased volume, it may not be possible to meet the 48-hour timeline. A Permit Technician will inform the requestor by email of the scheduled inspection day after processing the request. Inspectors will not schedule inspections.
The cut-off time for scheduling inspections is 4 PM each day. Requests made after 4 PM will be processed the next business day. When scheduling inspections, it is required to request either an AM or PM time. Exact times will not be offered. Inspectors will no longer contact those who have requested an inspection on the morning of the inspection to allow them to leave the office sooner to accommodate greater numbers of inspections. Instead, their order of inspections will be posted here each inspection day.
| 9am to 12pm
|| 9am to 12pm
|| 9am to 12pm
|| 9am to 12pm
| Closed from 12pm to 1pm
| 1pm to 3pm
|| 1pm to 4:30pm
||1pm to 3pm|| 1pm to 4:30pm
Social distancing practices are still required and Construction Safety Protocols must be adhered to while our inspectors are on site. All persons present for an inspection must be wearing face masks or coverings. Failure to maintain safety requirements will result in a terminated or cancelled inspection without approval of the work for which the inspection was scheduled and a re-inspection fee of $155 will be assessed. The re-inspection will need to be scheduled for the next available day and time after the re-inspection fee has been paid.
A copy of the Construction Safety Protocols for both Large and Small projects can be found on the Contra Costa County Health Department website at https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/health-orders. The City of El Cerrito Building Division will also post these protocols on our website and we will make printed copies available at our permit counter.
Protocol for large construction projects
Protocol for small construction projects