2.26Avg Per Household
46.9%Single Family Homes
- Housing units: 49,454
- Percent of housing stock that is Single-Family Detached Homes: 46.9%
- Homeownership rate: 42.7%
- Average persons per household: 2.26
|Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||4,200|
|City of Berkeley||1,464|
|Pacific Steel Casting||350|
|Berkeley City College||290|
Public School District K-12
Open House Sign Ordinance
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Days and Times Signs may be DisplayedLocate the property’s zoning district and comply with the sign ordinance.
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Potential Disclosure Issues
Private Sewer Lateral Program
Prior to any transfer of property that contains any structure with a private sewer lateral (PSL), the owner shall have the PSL(s) for all property associated with the parcel number for that property inspected or tested, unless he or she presents satisfactory proof to the City Engineer that the City has issued a Sewer Lateral Certificate of Compliance for that PSL within the immediately preceding 7 years. Alternatively, the owner may replace the PSL without prior inspection or testing.
All required repair or replacement work shall be completed and a Sewer Lateral Certificate of Compliance obtained prior to transfer of title. Alternatively, the City Engineer may permit funds in an amount he or she determines to be sufficient to complete the work, to be retained in deposit with the City, subject to the condition that the required work be completed within six months and that the transferor and transferee execute and deliver to the City Engineer a completed Right of Entry authorizing the City or its agent to enter on the property and complete the repairs if they are not completed within six months after close of escrow, as well as any other conditions he or she deems appropriate. In the event the work is not completed within six months of the close of escrow, the funds shall be forfeited and transferred to the City, which may enter onto the property and complete the repairs. Any additional cost of repairs shall be billed to the current owner and in the event of nonpayment, shall become a lien on the property and may be imposed.
Except as otherwise provided or as allowed by the City Engineer, the owner of the property, including both the seller and the buyer, is responsible for compliance with this Chapter. The seller of any real property shall be responsible for disclosing to prospective purchasers the requirements of this Chapter and the compliance status of the real property in question. Upon transfer of ownership, the buyer will be responsible for the compliance with this Chapter, regardless of any disclosure or failure to disclose. (Ord. 7200-NS § 1 (part), 2011)City of Berkeley Sewer Lateral Program
Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO)
The purpose of RECO is to increase the energy and water efficiency in Berkeley residences. RECO applies to all homes, residential areas of mixed-use buildings, tenants-in-common, condominiums, multi-family properties, live-work spaces and boarding houses (including the common areas/common systems) and must be complied with upon the sale or transfer of property or renovation. RECO compliance must be completed within one year of the date of sale.Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO)
Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO)
CECO requires commercial property owners to complete certain energy conservation measures in their buildings upon transfer of property ownership or when additions or renovations are made.Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO)
In Fire Zone Two, the Berkeley Building Code requires that new structures and modifications to existing structures have safety features such as non-combustible decks, Class A roofs, protection of exterior walls with fire-resistive materials, double glazed windows, protection of eaves and overhangs, and the enclosing of under floor areas.
Requirements for Fire Zone Three include all the requirements of Fire Zone Two, plus fire warning systems, protection of utilities, and control of vegetation.Berkeley Municipal Code (Sections 19.28.140 - 19.28.170)
Properties located within “100 year” flood zones must have Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood Insurance and the lowest base floor elevation must be 2 feet above the 100-year flood level. FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map Community Panel Number 06004 0002 A, Effective September 1, 1978.Berkeley Municipal Code (Section 17.12)
Sidewalk Repair Requirements
Effective October 1, 2011: In order to improve the quality of sidewalks in Berkeley, the City began sharing the liability and the repair costs for broken sidewalks with property owners. Property owners can take advantage of the 50-50 cost-sharing program by having their sidewalks added to the repair schedule.Public Works
Designated Landmark Properties
The city of Berkeley Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance regulates most residential rents in Berkeley. Owners of rental property covered by the Ordinance are required to register their units with the City of Berkeley by filing registration statements and paying annual registration fees, which cover the program's cost.Rent Stabilization Board
Rental Property Inspection Program
The City of Berkeley Rental Property Inspection Program inspects rental properties for health, safety, and fire violations. Properties are inspected based on complaints from tenants, neighbors, or when deferred maintenance is visible from the street by city officials. Inspection fees, any permits required for repairs, and the repairs are the responsibility of the landlord.Rental Housing Safety Program
The city of Berkeley has a number of bonds and assessments. Some are formulated based on the square footage of the structure; others are based on the square footage of the lot and some are based on the formula multiplied by the real property value.Annual Real Property Taxes
Additional Tax Information
The Alameda County Assessor Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office may have additional information about property-specific taxes or assessments. You may look up a property by its parcel number or street address.
Transfer Tax Information
Alameda County Transfer Tax($ per thousand of sale or transfer price) $1.10
per each thousand
Local Transfer Tax($ per thousand of sale or transfer price) $15.00
per each thousand
Property Tax Rate*($ per thousand of assessed value) 1.2218%
per each thousand
* This is not the rate for all properties. A detailed Property Tax Bill with the most accurate Property Tax Rate can be found at the Tax Assessor’s website. If you’d like to see your Alameda County property tax bill, visit Alameda County Assessor and follow these instructions.
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