DBI Fees Effective October 19, 2015

Per Ordinance 159-15 amending the Building Code to amend various sections and fee schedule tables to adjust fees or permits, inspections and other actions passed by the Board of Supervisors on September 8, 2015, and signed by Mayor Edwin Lee on September 17, 2015, the following fees for the Department of Building Inspection are effective on Monday, October 19, 2015.

For all payments, we accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and money-orders payable to City and County of San Francisco Department of Building Inspection or CCSF-DBI.

All files are in PDF format.

Table 1A-A

New Construction Building Permit

Alteration Building Permit

No Plans Permit

Table 1A-B Other Building Permit and Plan Review Fees
Table 1A-C Plumbing/Mechanical Permit Issuance and Inspection Fees
Table 1A-D Standard Hourly Rates (Plan Review, Inspection and Administration)
Table 1A-E Electrical Permit Issuance and Inspection Fees
Table 1A-F Specialty Permit
Table 1A-G Inspections, Surveys and Reports
Table 1A-H Sign Permits
Table 1A-J Miscellaneous Fees (Central Permit Processing Fees, Building Numbers, Extentions of Time, Product Approvals)
Table 1A-K Penalties, Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments
Table 1A-L

Public Information (Notifications)

Public Information (Reproduction and Dissemenation)

Table 1A-M Boiler Fees
Table 1A-N Energy Conservation
Table 1A-P Residential Code Enforcement and License Fees
Table 1A-Q Hotel Conservation Ordinance Fees
Table 1A-R Refunds
Table 1A-S Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Wall Building Retrofit


State Mandated Fees

On January 1, 2009, DBI began collecting a new State-mandated fee on every applicable permit. The new fee will be assessed at the rate of $4.00 per one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) project valuation – and requires a minimum fee of $1.00 from every applicable permit. Please see the Building Standards Commission bulletin and State Bill No. 1473 Legislation for more information. Please consider this additional fee when calculating your permit fee estimation.

Code Enforcement Assessment Fees

Customers will see a new code enforcement assessment on one and two-family dwellings as part of their tax bill. These fees will help recover the costs of providing code enforcement services by the DBI. Code enforcement services include responding to public complaints, agency referrals alleging housing/building code violations, as well as help cover the costs of on-site inspections and reinspections to address and correct code violations. Passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, ordinance 105-09 became effective July 27, 2009 and provides the City with resources required to provide and preserve safe, functional and code-compliant structures.

2017 Cost Schedule

This Cost Schedule is effective as of August 16, 2017. A valuation based on this table represents the valuation at the completion of all construction work authorized by a building permit. Permit fees are based on a percentage of this valuation. These valuations are not to be used as accurate guides to the actual cost of construction; for actual construction cost estimates for any project, please consult a contractor, a design professional or a cost estimator. 

2021 Valuation Threshold

The Valuation Threshold for Alterations, Structural Repairs or Additions to Exisitng Buildings: In accordance with the 2019 California Building Code Chapter 2 definition of valuation threshold, the 2022 valuation threshold is $186,172 and will be updated again in January 2023. Additional information is available on DSA's Valuation Threshold Web page.


If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Building Inspection - Technical Services Division at (628) 652-3720.

For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) regarding these fees.

Request Form For Record Correction, Exemption, and/or Refund  (PDF) (Special Assessment Codes 79, 92 or 93)