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.

We will perform server maintenance between 8:00 pm on September 29, 2023 through 8:00 pm on October 1, 2023. The following services will be unavailable during this time:

  • Permits: electrical, plumbing, mechanical, reroofing, solar photovoltaic systems, kitchen & bath remodels, Permit to Operate Boiler
  • Online permit tracking system

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

View of the middle of a street with tall buildings on both sides. The Bay Bridge can be seen between buildings.
“San Francisco street during the day” by Chris Clogg, CC0
Building permit services

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


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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.


DBI Customer Service

Request public records

Email to submit a request.

Archived website

See previous website archived November 2022.