Building Inspections

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

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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.

Building Inspections

To schedule an inspection, please fill out our Inspection Request Form.

 **Please note that the Inspection Request Form is a request. You will not be considered scheduled until you receive confirmation from a permit technician.
 **All inspection requests must be made at least 48 business hours, excluding Fridays, prior to your preferred inspection date.

Inspections are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  1. Building Inspection

    Physical Address
    10890 San Pablo Ave.
    El Cerrito, CA 94530

    Phone: : 510-215-4360

Please keep in mind that we are experiencing unusually high volumes of inspection requests and it may not possible to get an inspector out until two to four days after request. On the day of your inspection, make sure that the permit and approved plans are available at your project site and that the work for which you called an inspection has been completed. There is no penalty for cancelling and rescheduling an inspection.

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.

Inspections are offered during the following days and times:
 Wednesday Thursday
 9am to 12pm
 9am to 12pm
 9am to 12pm
 9am to 12pm
     Closed from 12pm to 1pm
  No Inspections
 1pm to 3pm
 1pm to 4:30pm
 1pm to 3pm  1pm to 4:30pm
You may request an AM or a PM inspection. We will try to honor these requests when possible. If you need to contact your inspector for matters other than the inspection schedule for your project, they will be available by phone from 7:30 to 8:30 AM only on the days inspections are offered.

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 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