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City Code Enforcement
Substandard buildings and structures pose significant threats to Life, Health, and Safety for occupants as well as the public. All building systems -- structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, zoning, public nuisance and habitability -- are required to meet minimum standards.
Code Compliance provides the following services related to housing, zoning and building codes:
- Inspection and response to complaints of violations, deficiencies, or other problems relating to the Oakland Housing Code (unsafe or unsanitary buildings that jeopardize the health and/or safety of the occupants or the neighborhood).
- Responses to zoning complaints alleging violations of the Zoning Regulations (e.g. illegal multi-family occupancy in a one-family zone, salvage yards, billboards, and businesses in residential zones).
- Investigation of public nuisance structures or conditions (graffiti, environmental conditions, or substandard buildings which are causing a blight upon the neighborhood).
- Inspections of additions, alterations, or repairs performed without the benefit of a permit.
- Enforcement of abatement conditions.
- Permits to street and vehicular food vendors.
Visit the Construction Hours and Site Requirements page for information on hours, noise, safety and environmental requirements.
Keeping our City, neighborhoods and community clean, safe and free of blight is supported by the Oakland Municipal Code 8.24. It is designed to improve the appearance of Oakland streets and enhance the quality of the City’s economic growth and social environment. The City encourages all to join with us in this effort to improve the community in which we live, play and work. Click here to learn more.
To report blight on private property, call (510) 238-3381. To report blight on public property, call (510) 615-5566 or e-mail PWACallCenter@oaklandnet.com. Or use this convenient online form.
The City of Oakland maintains a roster of privately-owned properties where the City of Oakland has paid for cleanup work to minimize blight. Blight Contractor Information. We hope these lists may be useful to anyone interested in purchasing and rehabilitating property in Oakland. To view the lists of blighted properties, click here.
Building Department Blight Amnesty Program
The Oakland City Council adopted a Blight Amnesty Program for homeowners with outstanding blight abatement charges who meet specific eligibility requirements. For eligible homeowners, the following charges would be forgiven: 1) fees, other than the original fees, for inspections and any related costs; and 2) fines, penalties, and interest that accrued on the original violation. In addition, applicable liens would be removed after all requirements are met.
Release of Liens
If you have a Lien against your property, this link will provide you with instructions on how to have the Lien remove.
Foreclosed & Defaulted Residential Registration, Inspection & Maintenance Program
Oakland Municipal Code (OMC 8.54.020)
The intent of this program is to establish a mechanism to protect Oakland neighborhoods from becoming blighted through inadequate maintenance and security of properties in the foreclosure process. The program addresses serious problems in the Oakland community with blighted defaulted (NOD) and foreclosed (REO) properties, including with unsecured properties that are an attractive nuisance for trespassers and illegal dumping. The City seeks the assistance of the lender community to maintain its property assets in Oakland, and in our collective efforts to increase the quality of life for Oakland residents. Banks and other lenders are responsible for the primary requirements: 1) Registering all defaulted (NOD) and foreclosed (REO) properties, both vacant and occupied, in the City’s online registry. An annual registration fee of $568 is required, with the exception for NOD occupied properties, which are required to be registered but without a registration fee. However, when the NOD occupied property changes status to NOD vacant, then a registration fee is required; 2) Posting property management information on vacant NOD or occupied and vacant REO properties; 3) Regular inspections of all NOD and REO properties; and 4) Maintenance of REO (vacant and occupied) and vacant, and abandoned NOD properties.
For a complete list of registration requirements, see the link below to the registry.
Registration includes the following informational requirements.
a. The property address including parcel number
b. The Property Management Company
- Contact information (must be prominently displayed in the front window of the property)
- 24 hour emergency contact phone number
- Certification type (list provided when registering)
- Oakland Business License number
- Bank Lender and contact information
c. Alameda County Recorder’s Office document (number and recordation date)
d. Property status (Notice of Default or Real Estate owned and vacant or occupied)
e. Initial property condition inspection results
(to be conducted within 30 days of recorded NOD or REO)
f. If lawfully occupied (tenant or owner)
For more information, click here to download the Foreclosed and Defaulted Residential Registration Program Brochure.
To register a foreclosed and defaulted residential property online and pay the associated fees, click here.
Investor-Owned Residential Registration, Inspection and Rehabilitation Program (OMC 8.58)
- The property was purchased after March 1, 2013.
- Notice of Default was filed against a former owner with the Alameda County Recorder’s at any point after November 13, 2006. If you have received a Notice to Register a Formerly Defaulted Property, you may assume that this is the case.
- The new owner does not intend to occupy the property within six months and for up to one year.
- The new owner is not a government, non-profit, or charitable entity.
- The new owner has not applied for a City building permit within 90 days of purchase for the purposes of property rehabilitation. Expiration of an existing permit will reintroduce the registration requirement.