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Permit Services

Permit ServicesMission Statement

Responsible for permit approval coordination, final approval and permit issuance to assure that the proposed construction work meets all safety requirements of the codes; and ensures that the process is performed in a timely manner that is always professional and courteous to all DBI customers. Provides technical support for the Department in the areas of code development and information.  Responsible for planning DBI's response during a catastrophic event, such as a large earthquake.  Provides coordination for the Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP), and serves as the Department's liaison with other City Departments, including the Department of Emergency Services (DES), and the Department of Public Works (DPW).

Help Desk / Technical Services Division (TSD)

Telephone: (415) 558-6205, Fax: (415) 558-6401

Permit Process and Issuance

Central Permit Bureau (CPB)

Telephone: (415) 558-6070
Fax: (415) 558-6170

Initial Permit Review (IPR)
Telephone: (415) 558-6641
Fax: (415) 558-6660

Permit Processing Center (PPC)
Telephone: (415) 558-6644
Fax: (415) 558-6660

Plan Review Services

Telephone: (415) 558-6133
Fax: (415) 558-6401

Building Plan Review
Telephone: (415) 558-6133
Fax: (415) 558-6041

Energy / Mechanical Plan Review
Telephone: (415) 558-6133
Fax:  (415) 558-6041

Online Services

Central Permit Bureau (CPB) accepts and issues construction permits for public and private buildings located within the City and County of San Francisco.  Additionally, CPB issues electrical, plumbing and street space permits, and assesses and collects fees for all structures, building enlargements and change of use.

Initial Permit Review (IPR) The Initial Permit Review (IPR) provides proactive, professional and consistent customer service in screening, checking and reviewing building permit applications and plans for accuracy and completeness before accepting and routing for further review and approval by plan review disciplines.

The functions of the Management Information Services (MIS) Division are to archive and safeguard DBI's data; to manage network access to files and data; to scan, digitize and store plans, documents and drawings on the network; to develop and maintain an extensive client-server database to support the permitting functions and related complaint and inspection tracking functions; to supply software for common office applications, including: word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, telecommunications, and desktop layout; to install, repair, upgrade and maintain desktop computer equipment and peripherals, including printers, plotters, scanners; to provide daily HelpDesk support for computer-related problems, to assist end-users in graphic projects; provide in-house training; research technical issues; and to provide custom reports both for the public and DBI management.

Permit Processing Center (PPC) The primary functions of Permit Center on second floor (PPC) include, but not limited to, administratively maintaining the physical movements of all non-over-the-counter building permit applications between required plan review stations; recording the routing activities in PPC “Comments” column of the Permit Tracking System (PTS); performing ‘quality control’ on approved building permit applications before they are routed to Central Permit Bureau (CPB) for issuance. PPC is also the depository of plans and applications while on hold for customer to respond to plan review comments. In addition, PPC handles the cancellation notification process for permit applications sent by Planning Department, including the permit applications filed for appeals with the Board of Appeals. PPC also accepts revisions for and route such revisions to the Planning Department. Help Desk / Technical Services Division (TSD) provides technical support related to codes and other technical matters to the other divisions within the Department of Building Inspection, to other City agencies and the public.  Telephone: (415) 558-6205

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