Awning Fee Waiver

Take Advantage of the Awning Replacement Fee Waiver This May!

person installing window awning

Since 2014, DBI and Planning Department permit review fees have been waived for replacement awnings, signs on awning replacements and pedestrian level lightning for the City’s small business owners during Small Business and Building Safety Month in May. In 2015, this Program became permanent so every year during the month of May, permit fees for awning replacements, signs on awning replacements and pedestrian level lightning will also be waived for Fire Department and Public Works in addition to DBI and Planning permit review fees.

Qualifications for Waiver

A small business is defined as a business with 100 or fewer employees. Permits participating in this waiver program are required to go through the standard review process with the Department of Building Inspection and related city agencies

All interested small business owners interested in taking advantage of this Awning Replacement Fee Waiver program will need to apply to both DBI and Planning department, as shown below. 


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





Fees - Click here for List of Fees Waived
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

Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
415-558-6378 I

Fire Department
1660 Mission Street

Public Works - Bureau of Street Use & Mapping
1660 Mission Street