Permit Center

We are open for some in-person building permit services. See critical visit info and current wait times.

Wait times

The Permit Center uses QLess to manage customer lines and wait times.
Queue Wait time
Intake: OTC with plans 5 minutes
Planning: General plan review 28 minutes
Building: Non-Structural Full
Building: Structural 5 minutes
Mechanical: Plan review 14 minutes
Electrical: Plan review 5 minutes
Fire: Plan review 9 minutes
Public Works: Plan review 5 minutes
PUC: Plan review 9 minutes
Payment: OTC with plans 5 minutes
Last updated: June 22 at 2:13 pm

Getting here

Enter on South Van Ness and follow the signs.

​​​​​​​COVID safety protocols

Updated 6/15/21: Face Coverings will still be required at all City and County of San Francisco buildings. 

We will screen visitors before you enter the building. 

You will not be allowed to enter if you have:

  • Any COVID symptoms
  • Tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days
  • Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the past 10 to 14 days

As you arrive outside the Forum doors, we will confirm your appointment. We will ask you for:

  • Your email address
  • Reason for visiting the Permit Center

Depending on the reason for your visit, we may ask you additional questions.


1455 Market Garage, Enter on 43 11th St. See more info.

1550 Mission, Enter at 90 11th St. Call 415-638-6119.

1650 Mission St, Lot #87. See more info.


The building is completely ADA accessible. There are no steps to the front doors, and elevators are available inside.


Leave a voicemail and include your email address. We will contact you within 2 business days.

Permit Center
49 South Van Ness
2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Fri, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm


On the second floor of 49 South Van Ness (49SVN), the new Permit Center provides a centralized place for construction, special events, and business permitting.

The Permit Center streamlines key services for improving homes and properties, opening and running a business, and planning community events.

The Permit Center will also improve permitting processes by opening a print and business center and implementing a queue management system.