Contact the City about your ADU

City planners can answer early questions about accessory dwelling unit (ADU) options and requirements.

What to do

Schedule an appointment with a City planner

The planner can answer questions about your ADU and review preliminary plans.

Meetings last 30 minutes. You can book a meeting on Monday or Thursday. 

You can talk about more than one project if there’s time.

The planner may suggest you speak to other City staff if they can't answer all of your questions. 

Drop in at the ADU Counter

You can drop in and speak to a City planner at the SF Planning ADU Counter, also known as counter 38. Planners can answer general ADU questions and review preliminary plans.

Meetings are first come first serve, so wait times vary.

When you arrive at the City's permit center, add your name to the ADU Counter's sign-in sheet.

You can also talk to staff from other departments at the Permit Center. But you need to sign in with them and wait in line.  

Email SF Planning ADU staff

Email your questions to cpc.adu@sfgov.org

We'll get back to you in less than a week.

If you have questions for other City departments

You can talk with staff from the Department of Building Inspection, Public Utilities Commission (SF Water), and SF Fire at the permit center.

Meetings are first come first serve, so wait times vary.

When you arrive at the Permit Center, add your name to the kiosk or sign-in sheet for the department you need to speak to.

You can also contact the Department of Building Inspection on 415-558-6205 or TechQ@sfgov.org

Get help

San Francisco Permit Center

1660 Mission Street

5th Floor, counter 38

San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Tue, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wed, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thu to Fri, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Preservation reviews are Tuesdays 8:00 am to noon, Thursdays 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Last updated November 04, 2019