Apply for affordable housing and DA project permits

Development Agreements (DAs) and 100% affordable housing projects have been designated as priority projects by City ordinances and Executive Directives.

What to do

We are currently accepting new and revised online permit applications for 100% affordable housing projects and Development Agreement projects.

Development Agreement projects have a legal agreement with the City and a project sponsor that are approved by the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor.


If your project is not 100% affordable or part of a Development Agreement, it will not be processed online now.

1. Check what you need to apply for a building permit

You will need property and construction details to fill out our building permit application. Review everything you need.

2. Prepare your plans

If your permit needs architectural plans, follow these rules to create PDFs of your plans or addenda.

PDFs must be editable. Do not submit locked, password-protected, encrypted, or “restricted” documents.

Each upload must be less than 350 MB. You may upload multiple documents.

Title blocks must have your project address, sheet count, and sheet name.

Every sheet must have your signature and stamp. Use a scanned graphic signature with a PDF stamp.

You must upload all required documents and your complete plan set. It takes longer to process incomplete plans or applications without supporting documents.


3. Provide your priority confirmation letter

If your project qualifies for the specific priority criteria above, you will need a letter from the City department you are working with. You will upload this letter with your application.

If you have not received a priority confirmation letter, email your partner at the City to get one.

4. Apply for your permit

To apply for a building permit, we will ask you about:

  • Your project team
  • The location or existing building information
  • Your project plan
  • Construction details

You will also need to upload your plans and priority confirmation letter and agree to our legal terms.

If you are applying for a revision to an issued permit, you must provide the building permit application number for the issued permit.

We will email you a copy of your submission.

5. We will contact you

We will contact you after we review your application.

If we need additional information, we will email you.

If we can process your application with the information you provide, we will invite you to a new Bluebeam project. Find out how the City uses Bluebeam, our plan review software, to review plans.

Thank you for your patience.

Last updated October 01, 2020