The nearest MUNI and BART station is the Civic Center station. Get help planning your trip by public transportation with the 511 trip planner. For information on getting to City Hall by bus and other MUNI services, call 311.
At City Hall
The main entrance to City Hall is on Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street) between McAllister Street and Grove Street. To enter City Hall, you will need to go through security screening, including metal detector and bag screening. If you are carrying any bag larger than 11" x 17" x 7", you must enter through the loading dock on Grove Street. Please also see a list items and activities prohibited inside of City Hall.
Individuals are strongly recommended, but not required, to wear masks in City Hall regardless of vaccination status.
Please visit San Francisco City Hall Events for questions about space rental at City Hall for private events.
You can park in metered spaces on Van Ness, McAllister, Grove, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Civic Center Garage is located on McAllister, between Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and Larkin.
Bike parking is available on nearby sidewalks.
ADA accessible entrances are located on the Van Ness Avenue, Grove Street and Goodlett Place (Polk Street) sides of the building. Accessible restrooms are located on every floor.
There are elevators on every floor.
Bringing a bag into City Hall
You must enter City Hall through the Goodlett entrance (Polk Street) or the loading dock on Grove Street if you are carrying any of the following:
- Gym bags
- Sealed items
- Drawstring bags
- Large camera cases
You must enter through the loading dock on Grove Street if you are carrying any bag larger than 11" x 17" x 7".
Your bag will be screened or inspected by a member of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department before you can enter City Hall. See a list items and activities prohibited inside of City Hall.
For City Hall tours
The San Francisco City Hall Docents provide guided tours to the public. The tours are about an hour long and are currently offered on Fridays at 1pm. Additional tours for the month of June will take place on Fridays at 11 am.
Call 415-554-6139 for a reservation, or sign up for a tour at the Docent Tour kiosk (located in the Goodlett Lobby).
Groups over 8 people need to make a reservation 4 weeks in advance.
Most tours are free, but there is a fee for private groups of 8 people or more. There is no charge for school groups from elementary to high school level.
Public tour schedule
- Friday 1pm (closed on legal holidays)
To volunteer to be a City Hall Docent, call 415-554-6139. Orientation / training sessions are available on an individual basis. All sessions are 1 hour in length.
May 2022 scheduled lighting events (subject to change)
Sunday, May 1, 2022 – green – in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month
Monday, May 2, 2022 – blue – in recognition of San Francisco’s Annual Small Business Week
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – red/gold – in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the APA Heritage Awards Ceremony that will occur in City Hall on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 – blue/white – in recognition of the National Day of Israel
Thursday, May 5, 2022 – red – in recognition of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Awareness Day
Friday, May 6, 2022 – green – in recognition of World Maternal Mental Health Day
Saturday, May 7, 2022 – blue – in recognition of National Travel and Tourism Week
Sunday, May 8, 2022 – yellow/green – in recognition of Mother’s Day
Monday, May 9, 2022 – green – in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – pink – in recognition of the inaugural service of Swoop Airlines – nonstop service between SFO and Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Swoop Airlines is a subsidiary of Westjet; the inaugural service from SFO started on Friday, May 6, 2022.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – teal – in recognition of Foods Allergy Awareness Week
Sunday, May 15, 2022 – blue – in recognition of National Peace Officers Memorial Day
Monday, May 16, 2022 – blue/white/red – in recognition of National EMS Week
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – rainbow for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – color scheme TBD – in recognition of inaugural service of Condor Airlines: a new international airline offering nonstop service from SFO to Frankfurt, Germany. Condor Airlines is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.
Sunday, May 22, 20222 – rainbow – in recognition of Harvey Milk Day
Monday, May 23, 2022 – aqua blue – in recognition of inaugural service of Air Transat: a new international airline offering nonstop service from SFO to Montreal, Quebec Canada. Air Transat is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transat AT.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – green – in recognition of the 33rd anniversary of the Goldman Environmental Prize
Thursday, May 26, 2022 – red/white – in recognition of the National Day of Georgia
Friday, May 27, 2022 – purple/gold – in recognition of San Francisco State University’s 2022 Graduates
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – blue – in recognition of the new domestic airline, Breeze, (first new domestic carrier since Virgin Airlines in 2007) offering 5 new (never before flown) domestic stops.
Monday, May 30, 2022 – red/white/blue – in recognition of Memorial Day
Rent space at City Hall
City Hall is available for weekday wedding rentals as well as for full evening events on weekdays and weekends. For information on private rentals, visit the San Francisco City Hall Events page or call 415-554-6079.
About the building
Known as the People’s Palace, San Francisco City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco. It is also a destination historic landmark, frequently visited by tourists and photographers. Themed colored LEDs light up the building at night.
The City Hall you see today took two years to build. Steel, granite, and four floors of white marble interiors make up San Francisco's symbol of resilience, built after the previous City Hall was destroyed in the Great Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906.
Civic leaders were determined to demonstrate the city's rebirth in time for the start of the World's Fair of 1915. Designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr. and begun in 1913, natives and the world were suitably awed by the gilt exterior detailing, the sweeping grand staircase, and the massive dome. At 307 feet in height, the dome is a full 42 feet taller than the dome of the nation's capitol.
During the past century, the building has seen major political upheavals and demographic shifts in the makeup of its legislators. City Hall is often a focus of drama: the tragic assassinations of 1979; and jubilation, when same-sex marriages were first performed in 2004. Once the repository of records and a site for smaller courts, current debates and decisions about labor, land use, and public policy issues take place inside on a regular basis. City Hall has been a location for movies from Dirty Harry and Indiana Jones to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
An earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck on October 17, 1989 and damaged City Hall severely enough that the dome itself moved four full inches. Repair and restoration, completed in 1999, included an earthquake safety enhancement called a base isolator system. This absorbs shocks and movement at the foundation, protecting the structure above.
For decades, adjusting the tint of the exterior lights required walking through legislators' offices to change the colored gels by hand. Starting in 2016, a computer-controlled LED lighting system adds themed colors to the plaza façade with some energy savings. City Hall is still a favorite site for weddings, and cheers regularly echo through the rotunda.
Learn more about the exhibits on display in City Hall.
City Hall Preservation Advisory Commission
The City Hall Preservation Advisory Commission's mission is to:
- Ensure that the maintenance and operation of City Hall is consistent with its stature and dignity as a national landmark and as the seat of City government
- Assure that the building is a welcoming place for all people
- Promote the understanding of its history and cultural values
At San Francisco City Hall
Office of the County Clerk
Mon to Fri,
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
San Francisco City Hall Events Office
Mon to Fri,
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Department of Elections
Mon to Fri,
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Office of Contract Administration
Treasurer & Tax Collector
Mon to Fri,
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Processing: Mon to Fri, 8am to 4pm
Information only: Mon to Fri, 4 to 5pm
Closed on public holidays
The City Hall Building Management manages the building operations of City Hall, a National Historic Landmark, and is a subsidiary of the Real Estate Division.