Demolition Ordinance

The Berkeley City Council is considering revisions to the Demolition Ordinance which would make it easy to tear down rent controlled apartments – and any other building in Berkeley!

In June 2013, a compromise draft of revisions to the existing Demolition law (BMC23C.08) went to the City Council. Since then, each new draft of the law is worse for Berkeley, and Berkeley tenants in particular, than the last. The Sierra Club, NAACP, Neighborhoods Council, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Assn. and East Bay Community Law Center are also speaking out against these new drafts. BTU asks that any change require one-for-one replacement of rent controlled housing with units affordable to low income residents – The Housing Advisory Committee and the Berkeley Rent Board agree.

Please Sign Our Online Petition:

Email us at info at berkeley tenants dot org to help with this campaign.

BTU’s recent letter to the Planning Commission offers a comprehensive summary of the process to date:

Sierra Club
Sierra Club Demolition Ordinance Letter to Planning Commission

NAACP Berkeley

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Assn. (BAHA)
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) letter

Berkeley Neighborhoods Council (BNC)
Berkeley Neighborhoods Council Shirley Dean letter

Housing Advisory Commission (HAC)

Berkeley Rent Board
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board letter
RSB to Planning Commission

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
East Bay Community Law Center letter

Current Demolition Ordinance:

“Good” June 4 draft:,

“Bad” July 2 draft:

“Worse” August 30 draft:

NPO.7.a.6_Very old copy of Neighborhood Pres. Ordinance

Equity Residential – June 4 2013

Demolishing older, affordable rentals to replace them with luxury apartments is a national trend: