|Live/Work Quick Start
We suggest you read this brief introduction and then go on to the Walk-Through Guide below.
Live/work in some form is allowed in all parts of Oakland.
There are two primary types:
Under present zoning regulations, there is only one circumstance which is not presently permitted, which is new construction of any type of live/work in a manufacturing zone. This is because
In terms of the building code, joint living and work quarters are divided into two types according to which use is dominant--residence or work.
The building code acknowledges the difference between live/work and work/live in a number of ways, including floor loading, sound insulation, and the amount of hazardous materials which can be used and stored in the space.
**New Construction Live/Work is now permitted in the S-16 Zoning Overlay, a new buffer zone between residential and manufacturing areas in West Oakland.
|Live/Work in Plain English
will walk you through:
A step-by-step guide to the live/work development process with an emphasis on entitlement and permitting is currently in preparation. It will include specific instructions for how to get a live/work project approved anywhere in Oakland, paying particular attention to the new General Plan and its emerging regulations in the form of a new Zoning Ordinance.