Building, Construction & Landscaping Restrictions

An Update from the Planning & Building Department
COVID-19 update May 1, 2020


Building & Construction Conditions

  • The Planning & Building Department offices in Piedmont City Hall are closed to the public. Most services are being provided through email and telephone communications, and the submission of electronic documents.
  • Planning & Building will continue to receive and process applications. Please contact Planning & Building at (510) 420-3050 or by e-mail buildingpermits@piedmont.ca.gov for information on our current application process.
  • In compliance with the Alameda County Health Officer issued Order 20-10 Dated April 29, 2020, all residential construction must follow the protocols in the Appendix B – 1 Small Construction Project Safety Protocol.
    To help to keep our community safe, building inspections will be performed to follow strict Social Distancing and other COVID–19 protocols . Some inspections may be conducted via video chat or other virtual means. As we work out the new procedures, there will be a limited number of inspections per day. Prior to the inspection you will be contacted to work out the particulars for your inspection. To schedule an inspection, please call 510-420-3050 at least three working days in advance.
  • Please be aware that during these extraordinary times neighbors are working and attending classes in their homes. The Planning & Building Department is asking contractors and property owners to be extra sensitive to noise, dust, dirt, parking and other quality of life issues related to your construction project and the surrounding neighborhood. Construction noise is permitted in Piedmont from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. We suggest you reach out to your neighbors when resuming work and to keep an open channel of communication with them.
  • For question regarding the construction restrictions under the new order , please contact the Building Official, Craig Griffin, at cgriffin@piedmont.ca.gov or call 1(510) 420-3051.
  • On April 1, 2020, the PUSD Board of Education Designated the District Construction Projects as an Essential Government Project by Approving Resolution 21-2019-20. Visit the PUSD website for more information.

Landscaping Restrictions

The Alameda County Health Officer Revised and Extended Shelter at Home dated April 29, 2020 states that landscaping and gardening service providers and other “Outdoor Businesses” are exempt from having to shelter at home. Individuals may leave their residence to perform the “Essential Activity” of providing landscaping and gardening service. This includes arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals. This means landscaping and gardening for cosmetic or upkeep purposes is allowed. However, all individuals providing engaging in this “Essential Activity” must strictly comply with Social Distancing Requirements as outlined in Section 16k of the Revised Order.

Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers are Prohibited

Electric or battery-powered leaf blowers are allowed for use in the City of Piedmont. However, is unlawful for any person to operate a gasoline-powered device to blow leaves, dirt or other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns or other surfaces within any area of the City (City Code section 12.8.b). Violations of this provision shall be an infraction and continued violations could lead to a fine of $100 (City Code section 12.8.4).