San Francisco City Hall

City Hall is now open to the public.

Getting here

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. See a list of 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.

Parking

Parking

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.

Accessibility

Accessibility

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

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: 

  • Backpacks
  • 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 of items and activities prohibited inside City Hall.

For City Hall tours

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 11am and 1pm. 

Booking

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 in advance. 

Cost

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.

Volunteer

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.

Additional information

Lighting schedule

Lighting schedule

December 2022 scheduled lighting events (subject to change)

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    Thursday, December 1, 2022 – red – in recognition of World AIDS Day

    Friday, December 2, 2022 – red/white/blue/ in recognition of Team USA advancing in the World Cup

    Saturday, December 3, 2022 – green/white/red – in recognition of the decades long philanthropic work of Maria Manetti Shrem

    Monday, December 5, 2022 – purple – in recognition of the International Day of People with Disabilities

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – red/green – in recognition of the lighting of the Civic Center Holiday Tree

    Friday, December 9, 2022 – red/yellow/black/white – in recognition of the 30th  anniversary of the philanthropic work of The Olympic Club Foundation

    Saturday, December 10, 2022 – orange – in recognition of World Human Rights Day

    Sunday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 14, 2022 – red/green – in recognition of the Holiday Season

    Thursday, December 15, 2022 – red/white – in recognition of the launch of Air India’s first ever non-stop service: SFO to Mumbai

    Friday, December 16 through Saturday, December 17, 2022 – red/green – in recognition of the Holiday Season

    Sunday, December 18, 2022 – blue/white – in recognition of the first night of Hanukkah

    Monday, December 19 through Sunday, December 25, 2022 – red/green – in recognition of the Holiday Season

    Monday, December 26, 2022 – red/green/black – in recognition of the first night of Kwanzaa

    Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30, 2022 – red/green – in recognition of the Holiday Season

    Saturday, December 31, 2022 – gold – Happy New Year!

Learn more about City Hall's exterior lighting and see past lighting schedules.

Rent space at City Hall

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

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

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

Archived website

Archived website

See previous website archived August 2022.

City Hall

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
Room 408
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Sat, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

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Closed public holidays.

At San Francisco City Hall

Controller's Office

Controller's Office

City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 316
San Francisco, CA 94102
Office of the County Clerk

County Clerk

City Hall, Room 168
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Processing Hours

Department of Elections

Redistricting Task Force

City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 244
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Film SF

Film Commission

City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
Room 473
San Francisco, CA 94102
City Administrator

City Administrator

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall Room 362
San Francisco, CA 94102
Office of the Mayor

Office of the Mayor

City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 200
San Francisco, CA 94102
Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Office

City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 456
San Francisco, CA 94102
Treasurer & Tax Collector

Treasury and Tax Collector Office

Treasurer and Tax Collector Office
City Hall, Room 140
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

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

About

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 Building Management manages the building operations of City Hall, a National Historic Landmark, and is a subsidiary of the Real Estate Division.