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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 partially closed to the public. Our staff is answering calls and emails and providing permit and inspection services. We are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
We are accepting the following permit types:
We are providing limited in-person permit services for OTC with and without plans applications. Starting Monday, October 19, OTC without plans permit processing and fire-only permit drop-off will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 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

Attend the Public Advisory Forum on October 28
Join us on Wednesday, October 28 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. as we kick-off the Public Advisory Forum, a quarterly meeting that provides customers an opportunity to make recommendations to improve permitting processes and procedures. 

Learn about Changes to the Over-the-Counter with Plans Appointment Process

DBI is making changes to the Over-the-Counter with Plans appointment process. Starting on Wednesday, October 28, qualifying customers can sign up for appointments through a waitlist system. Visit here for more information. 

Subscribe to our Online Publication

Receive 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. Electrical Permit Application Worksheet (PDF) 
  3. Permit Application to Operate Boiler (PDF) 
  4. Mechanical Permit Application Worksheet (PDF) 
  5. Plumbing Permit Application Worksheet (PDF)
  6. Plumbing Overtime Request Form
  7. Service Request Application (PDF) 

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