California Government Agencies

Updated County Shelter in Place Orders Currently in Effect. Choose a county below and review the order and FAQs:

Alameda: Order & FAQ (May 18)           San Francisco: Order & FAQ (May 17)

City of Berkeley: Order & FAQ (May 18)   San Mateo: Order & FAQ (May 15) 

Contra Costa: Order & FAQ (May 18)        Santa Clara: Order (May 18)

Marin: Order & FAQ (May 15)

California Department of Public Health: Industry Guidance provides Real Estate specific guidelines and a checklist (May 7).

Pictogram and Placard to post outside of property.

New Showing InformationEffective 11:49pm on May 3 (May 1).

As of Friday, April 3, 2020 the Alameda County Health Officer has identified the following real estate professionals to be “essential services:”  real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries, title companies, appraiser and home inspectors.  The County may change their policies at any time.  Please watch the Bay East COVID-19 webpage for updates.

Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol: Essential Businesses must complete this form (April 29).

Face Coverings Masks Mandatory in Most Bay Area Counties Effective April 22: Choose a county below to review the order.

Alameda                          Contra Costa

San Francisco                 Marin

San Mateo                       Santa Clara


View guidelines for our members and MLS Users here. View City of Fremont Executive Order here.

DRE FAQs for Executive Order N-52-20 Impacting Applicants and Licensees (April 17). 

DRE Consumer Alert Fraud Warnings (Spanish version)

Confusion over East Bay Shelter in Place rules for real estate: Alameda County, Contra Costa County and the City of Berkeley have identical Shelter in Place (SIP) Orders for the East Bay that define real estate professional as essential for limited purpose. However, these SIP orders lack clarity on who is covered and what the restrictions mean. Each of the three Orders have been interpreted differently. We have contacted the City and Counties’ Attorneys and Public Health Departments to request clarification. Read more (April 6).

Alameda County Clerk-Recorder office is providing limited functions utilizing online orders, mail and a drop box outside the main office in Oakland (March 19). 

Bay area County Recorder offices: Status report (March 24). 

Property Tax Penalty Waivers: The Alameda County Tax Collector may waive property tax payment penalties for home owners impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Read more (March 31).

DRE offices are currently closed to the public and exam testing is suspended. Online services continue to be available. DRE is temporarily answering Licensing related questions by email at For more information view the DRE COVID-19 Updates Page.

State of California: Governor Newsom Executive Order (March 19).