Permit Counter

The City of El Cerrito’s one-stop permit counter is a convenient place to receive information and apply for a permit or business license.

Building Division - Permits for new and remodeling of buildings or structures

Planning Division - Development application forms and submittal checklists

Business Licenses - Required of all businesses operating within the City limits

Parking Permits - Apply for a Residential Parking Permit

Encroachment Permits - Apply for an Encroachment Permit (Public Works Department: or 510-215-4382)

Please note that the Community Development Department continues to operate with modified procedures. We will continue to process Building and Planning permits, Business Licenses and Parking Permits during the shelter in place order. If you have specific questions about how the order affects your project, please contact us at Please visit for the latest updates.