Department of Building Inspection Customer Communication

Beat the end-of-the-year permit application rush
November 02, 2022

As we approach the end of the year, we want to encourage DBI customers to submit your permit applications as early as possible.

Every three years, when we have a code cycle update, we receive a surge of permit applications over the holidays and leading up to December 31, the final day before new building code regulations take effect on January 1.

This year, in addition to the new regulations, many San Francisco properties subject to the City’s Accessible Business Entrance program have a December 31 deadline for applying for any necessary construction permits to remedy disability access issues.

In other words, we are expecting a substantial rush of applications that may impact our processing times and strongly encourage you to submit your applications by December 15. Late applications may be subject to the 2023 building codes.

DBI and the Permit Center are preparing for this surge and will do all we can to process the applications as they come in. The new Pre-Plan Check station for In-house Review permit applications will speed our processing for projects submitted with a complete set of drawings (and result in applications without a complete set of drawings being turned away and not accepted). 

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.