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Below is a list of items that are exempt from permits according to the California Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes. For all projects except those listed below, a permit is likely required. Please contact the Building Division at 510 596-4310 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question about your specific project.
Building (2010 California Building Code Section 105.2 Work Exempt from Permits)
1. One story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet. Planning Division approval required for location. Please contact the Planning Division at email@example.com or 510 596-4362.
2. Fences not over 6 feet high. Please contact Planning Division for location approval.
3. Oil derricks
4. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or IIIA liquids. Please contact Planning Division for location approval.
5. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ration of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.
6. Sidewalks, decks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, are not attached, not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
7. Painting, papering, carpeting, cabinets and similar finish work.
8. Temporary motion picture, television, and theatre stage sets and scenery.
9. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons and are install entirely above ground.
10. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes (Fire Department approval required), not including service systems.
11. Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
12. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Group R-3, and Group U Occupancies. Commercial properties, please contact Planning Division for location approval.
13. Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counter and partitions, not over 5 feet 9 inches in height.
Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be required for the above exempted items.
Electrical (2010 California Electrical Code Article 80.19 C Issuance of Permits) No permit shall be required to execute any of the classes of electrical work specified in the following:
1. Installation or replacement of equipment such as lamps and of electric utilization equipment approved for connection to suitable permanently installed receptacles. Replacement of flush or snap switches, fuses, lamp sockets, and receptacles, and other minor maintenance and repair work, such as replacing worn cords and tightening connections on a wiring device.
2. The process of manufacturing, testing, servicing, or repairing electric equipment or apparatus.
Mechanical (2010 California Mechanical Code 112.2 Exempt Work) A mechanical permit shall not be required for the following work.
1. Portable heating appliance, portable ventilating equipment, portable cooling unit or portable evaporative cooler.
2. A closed system of steam, hot or chilled water piping within heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
3. Replacement of any component part or assembly of an appliance which does not alter its original approval and complies with other applicable requirements of this code.
4. Refrigerating equipment which is part of the equipment for which a permit has been issued pursuant to the requirements of this code.
5. A unit refrigerating system.
Plumbing (2010 California Plumbing Code 103.1.2 Exempt Work) A permit shall not be required for the following:
1. The stopping of leaks in drains, soil, waste or vent pipe, provided, however, that should any trap, drainpipe, soil, waste or vent pipe become defective and in becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, the same shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be procured and inspection made as provided in this Code.
2. The clearing of stoppages, including the remove and reinstallation of water closets or; the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves, or fixtures, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes, or fixtures.
The next Emeryville General Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
No, the City does not provide this service to the public. There are several private notaries within the City.
Regular City Council meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of the month, starting at 7:15pm. With the exception of the first Tuesday in January and the month of August, winter, and summer break. Live video and rebroadcasts of City Council meetings as well as meeting agendas, including downloadable staff reports are available through the City’s Website. Videos and meeting agendas/staff reports of special City Council meetings, such as study sessions or extra meetings, are also on the City’s website.
Enrollment can be done online @ emeryville.org/register; by phone @ (510) 596-4395; or walk in @ ECCL 4727 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville (Building B)
Sign-up for "most" of our youth, adult, and senior citizen programs 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year by visiting Emeryville’s CivicRec on-line registration website at emeryville.org/register. *Please note that the Emeryville Child Development Center (ECDC) and K-6 afterschool care programs at the Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) are not available for online registration. Contact ECDC at (510) 596-4343 or ECCL at (510) 596-4395 for information on enrolling your child in these programs.
Fees are based on job valuation, with a minimum fee of $179.00. Contact the Building Division at (510) 596-4310 for additional information.
Normal turnaround time for initial review comments and / or approval is 2-3 weeks.
You can schedule an inspection by calling Deputy Fire Marshal Cesar Avila (510) 596-3759 or by Cesar.Avila@acgov.org
A Knox Box is a device to ensure secure emergency access program access for the fire departments and property owners. Each Knox Box is purchased by a property owner and keyed to a single master key controlled by the fire department The Knox Box allows the fire department to have immediate access to a building at any time for a fire or medical emergency without inflicting significant damage to doors. For more information or to obtain a Knox Box contact Deputy Fire Marshal Cesar Avila (510) 596-3759 or by e-mail at Cesar.Avila@acgov.org
On average, commercial businesses are inspected every two (2) years, with problematic certain operations inspected every year.
Please view the Zoning Map from the Emeryville Planning Regulations, found at the link below, to determine the zone for an individual property. You can zoom in on the map for more detail. If you are having trouble determining the zoning, please contact Navarre Oaks, Assistant Planner, at (510) 596-4362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is often confusion about whether a property is within the City of Emeryville or not. Having 94608 as your zip code does not automatically mean the property is in Emeryville. For questions, please contact Assistant Planner, Navarre Oaks at (510) 596-4362 or email@example.com.
Please call the Criminal Investigations Section Sergeant at (510) 596-3708.
If your vehicle was found with expired registration, the Police Department charges a fee of $197 (cash only & exact change). Current registration and a valid driver’s license must be provided at the time of the vehicle release. The towing company will also charge fees for the release of the vehicle. Emeryville Police Department is open 24 hours/7 days a week for vehicle releases.
Yes. Fingerprinting is done by appointment only Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (excluding holidays). You must make an appointment with by calling (510) 596-3718.**PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, OUR LIVESCAN FINGERPRINTING SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**