Department of Building Inspection

DBI approves plans and issues permits for all construction in the City. We make sure buildings are safe and comply with building and housing codes.

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    Building permit services

    We issue permits to ensure that proposed construction meets all safety requirements.


    Under the direction and management of the seven-member citizen Building Inspection Commission, to oversee the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of the City and County of San Francisco 's Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Codes, along with the Disability Access Regulations.

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    Department of Building Inspection

    49 South Van Ness
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    Mon to Tue, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

    Wed, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Thu to Fri, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

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    We are closed on public holidays.
    We do not serve people or take payments after 4 pm.


    General information

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    Email to submit a request.

    Archived website

    See previous website archived November 2022.