Public Documents Request

cabinet of recordsANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the “shelter in place” order issued to six Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, our response to your pending request under the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance and/or the California Public Records Act will be delayed. Responsive records will be disclosed as we are able to collect and review records in light of public health orders.

Our records are available online. Visit our Online Permit Tracking System. This will allow you to access building permits, electrical permits and plumbing permits, as well as complaint information. Our available online permit records go back to the 1980s.

The Records Management Division (RMD) stores and reproduces building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permit applications and other related documents such as job cards, certificate of final completion and plans. To view or obtain copies of building records, you must first request your order by filling out the Records Request Form (PDF) . The request form may be submitted in person or by mail to: DBI Records Management Division, 49 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 or email to

For Report of Residential Building Records (3R Reports), please visit or contact the Records Management Division at (628) 652-3420. 3R Reports contain building permit history. Requests must be made through the DBI Request for Report of Residential Building Record Form and accompanied by payment.

If you are conducting a Property Condition Assessment Survey, please check here before you submit a public records request. 

If you are researching building department related data, please visit the San Francisco DataSF portal here, before you submit a public records request.

For public record requests that do not fit into these categories, please send your request to dbi.sunshinerequests@sfgov.orgBe advised that our records are address specific. Please provide an address (with additional relevant information such as permit application numbers) along with a time frame for the documents so that we may be able to process your request quickly.