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Our office is open on a limited basis due to the Stay Home Order. We continue to provide important permit, inspection, and records reproduction services to our customers. Visit here for more information.

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DBI is the regulatory building safety agency responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient enforcement of building, electrical, plumbing, disability access and housing codes for the City and County of San Francisco’s more than 200,000 commercial and residential buildings.
 
The Department of Building Inspection's office at 49 South Van Ness Avenue is open on a limited basis. Please visit here for more information on our in-person services. 
 
We are accepting the following permit types:
 
We are providing limited in-person permit services for OTC with and without plans applications. You can submit an OTC without plans permit and fire-only permit during limited in-person services using our first-come, first-served system. Visit here for more information. 
 
Visit the Permit & Complaint Tracking System to monitor the progress of your project or complaint filed with DBI
 
You may call us at (628) 652-3400 to schedule with a representative from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at (628) 652-3401 to use our automated scheduling system available 24/7. Contractors with a registered DBI account can schedule the inspection online
 
You may call or go online to file a complaint with DBI relating to the following: building, plumbing, electrical, housing, disability access, and other construction-related complaints.
 

Online Services

We added more appointments for customers to drop off Over-the-Counter with plans permit applications. Qualifying customers can sign up for the waitlist to request for an earlier appointment here.
 
Permit applications for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or related ADU construction work can be submitted using an online form through the City's website here. Your application will be processed by SF Planning using the Electronic Plan Review process. If you submitted an ADU request to DBI after August 17, you will be contacted by SF Planning staff with more information.
 
Received the latest information on the building code, our key programs and service changes by signing up for our online publication. Visit here to view our past online publications.
 
C-39 licensed contractors can file their reroofing permits online after they register for a contractor's account with DBI. Please visit here for more information and to start the registration process today.  
 
Contractors with a registered DBI account can apply for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, Boiler-to-Operate, and reroofing permits online. Contractors without an online account and homeowners needing to obtain permits can contact DBI staff.
 
 
Permit Services
  1. Pre-Application Packet (DBI, SFFD and DCP) (PDF) 
  2. Request for Withdrawal, Extension, Re-activation of Permit Applications That Are Not Issued (PDF) pdf-icon
  3. Request for disapproval of Building Permit application (PDF)
  4. Permit Applicant and Authorized Agent Disclosure and Certification (PDF)
  5. Permit Application Form 3/8 (alteration permit)
  6. Permit Application Form 4/7 (sign permit)
  7. Permit Applicant Disclosure Form
  8. Contractor’s Statement Form
  9. Authorization Agent of Contractor (if personal permit being issued to is not the contractor)
  10. Property Owners Package

Inspection Services

  1. Renewing a Building Permit
  2. Extending an Issued Building Permit
  3. Electrical Permit Application Worksheet (PDF) 
  4. Permit Application to Operate Boiler (PDF) 
  5. Mechanical Permit Application Worksheet (PDF) 
  6. Plumbing Permit Application Worksheet (PDF)
  7. Plumbing Overtime Request Form
  8. Service Request Application (PDF) 
 

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