At City Hall
When you get to City Hall you will need to:
- Enter through Goodlett or Grove Street entrances
- Wear a mask or face coverings at all times
To enter City Hall, you will need to go through security screening, including metal detector and bag screening.
In person services available
See department websites for more information.
County Clerk, open 8 am to 1 pm
Apply for a City ID (by appointment)
Birth and death certificate (no appointment needed)
Marriage license and ceremonies (by appointment)
Elections Office, open 9 am to 5 pm
Campaign and voter services (by appointment)
All counter services (no appointment needed)
Office of Small Business, 9 am to 5 pm (in person on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only)
Get help setting up and running your small business at the Small Business Assistance Center (by appointment)
Treasurer and Tax Collector, open 8:30 am to 5 pm
All counter services, including payment of taxes and fees, and business registration (no appointment needed)
Only the main entrance on Goodlett, the entrance on Grove Street, and the bike entrance on Polk Street are open at this time. Masks or face coverings are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
The nearest 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.
You can park in metered spaces on Van Ness, McAllister, Grove, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. A CityPark underground parking lot is located on McAllister, between Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and Larkin.
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 by the loading dock on Grove Street if you are carrying any of the following:
- Gym bags
- Sealed items
- Drawstring bags
- Large camera cases
- 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.
Tours of City Hall
City Hall tours are not running now because of COVID-19.
Once tours are reopened, the San Francisco City Hall Docents provide guided tours to the public. The tours are about an hour long.
Call 415-554-6139 for a reservation. Or sign up for tours at the Docent Tour kiosk.
Groups over 8 people meed 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
- Monday to Friday 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm.
- Closed on legal holidays
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 2 years to build, after the previous City Hall was destroyed in the Great Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906. Steel, granite, and four floors of white marble interiors make up San Francisco's symbol of resilience.