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Awning Fee Waiver


person installing window awning

In celebration of Small Business and Building Safety Month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Ordinance 46-14 that waives DBI and Planning Department permit review fees for awnings, signs on awning replacements and pedestrian level lightning. In 2015, this Program became permanent so every year during the month of May, permit fees for awnings, signs on awning replacements and pedestrian level lightning will be waived.

The program’s legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Katy Tang, was developed in partnership with the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development, and the Office of Small Business

A small business is defined as a business with 100 or fewer employees. Permits under consideration to be waived are required to go through the standard review process with the Department of Building Inspection.



Apply at Department of Building Inspection

Apply at Planning

Replacement of entire awning, including structure attached to building



Any other type of storefront sign that touches the building



Replacement of only awning cover



Pedestrian Level Lighting





Permit fees vary according to the type and amount of work being done.

  • Planning Department awning permit fees:

Section 355(a) applies to the replacement of the awning cover. The fee in Section 355(e) must be applied if you have wording on your awning cover. See Planning's Schedule of Application fees.

  • Department of Building Inspection awning permit fees:

The DBI plan review and permit issuance fee applies if you are changing anything that touches the building. See DBI’s fee schedule

Visit or contact DBI and Planning today to apply for your permit!

Department of Building Inspection

1660 Mission Street

415-558-6088 I dbicustomerservice@sfgov.org

Planning Department

1650 Mission Street, Suite 400

415-558-6378 I pic@sfgov.org







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