All construction is allowed
Construction projects may continue if all work follows physical distancing and other safety requirements of the Construction Safety Protocols as required in the Order. Find information on construction projects during the coronavirus outbreak.
Safety Plan information
Contractors and property owners performing construction work during this period must take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on job sites:
- Obtain all required permits before beginning any work by applying for a building permit.
- Follow construction safety measures as needed by the code.
- Implement Construction Safety Protocols, as required by Order of the Health Officer No. C19-07c.
- Construction work can occur from 7 am to 8 pm seven days a week. Any construction work performed outside those hours needs a special night noise permit to extend work hours.
- Practice safe job site practices, which include Social Distancing Requirements:
- Stay at least 6 feet apart
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wipe down tools, cabs of work vehicles and other high-touch surfaces with disinfectant
Inspectors are practicing social distancing measures when conducting inspections.
We are limiting the types of permit applications we are accepting online. We only accept:
- New permits for 100% affordable housing projects and Development Agreement projects
- Addenda and revisions for already submitted digital in-house review permits
If you've recently submitted an application online, be patient as the application goes through our plan review process. We process applications in the order they are received.
We’ll be in touch as soon as we have reviewed your application.
Over the counter (OTC)
We offer limited Over-the-Counter permit services at 49 South Van Ness.
Extensions and timeline expectations
You can ask for a renewal of your expired permit or an extension of your active permit. Generally, these renewals and extensions are valid for an additional 365 days.
Request an extension of your permit by completing a Service Request form and mailing it together with a check to the Department of Building Inspection, 49 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco CA 94103. To get the correct fee amount or for more information, call 415-558-6570 between 7:30 am and 3 pm on weekdays.
For renewal of already expired permits, call 415-558-6570.
Permit issuance and payments
If you need to pay for and pick up your permit for a project that has already been approved by all required departments, call DBI at 415-558-6088 or email email@example.com.
We will reach out to schedule an appointment for you to pick up your stamped plans.
When your permit is ready for payment, you will be contacted by DBI staff to complete the payment process. You can pay for your permit by check, ACH payment, or wire transfer.
We are conducting inspections of construction projects as allowed by the Health Order. This includes building, plumbing, and electrical inspections.
Inspectors are practicing physical distancing at job sites. Schedule a required inspection of your construction project.
Our permit tracking system (PTS) is updated daily with the latest information by staff. It is the best source for the current status of your permits and inspections.
Online trade permit and inspection services
If you are a contractor registered with DBI, you can apply for plumbing, electrical, and Boiler-to-Operate permits online. Once we issue your permit to start your work, you can schedule your inspection online using your contractor account.
If you want to open an account, please review the required documentation before contacting DBI Management Information Services. You can submit the required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 415-558-6464.
Our staff in the Records Management Division is processing requests for records, 3R reports, and duplication of plans. If you have records or 3R requests, please visit our Records Management Division website for more information or email your completed records request form to email@example.com.
Requests for 3R Reports can be submitted online. You can also submit your 3R Request by mail along with check payment of $148.00.