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.
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.
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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.