Request a Report of Residential Building Record (3R report)

Owners and realtors can get a report of authorized use and building permit history for a residential building.

What to do

1. Gather information about the building

You will need:

To help us identify the right building, we will ask you if the building is a:

  • Corner building
  • Condominium
  • Co-op

If there are multiple buildings on the lot, we will ask you which building the request is for (front or rear).

If the building is mixed-use (both residential and commercial), the report will only contain the permit history of residential units.

2. Send in the request

You can request up to six reports per person per day, per company. Fill out separate online forms for each building on a lot.

You can get the report via:

  • Email (as a PDF)
  • Mail
  • Pickup in person (leave a phone number)

If the address cannot be found in our online system, come to our office in-person or mail the records request with the fee.

In-Person

In-Person

Fill out a hard copy of the application in our office

Department of Building Inspection

Records Management Division
49 South Van Ness
Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Tue, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Wed, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Thu to Fri, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

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Sign into the building before 3:30 pm so we can see you at the counter the same day. 

Mail

Mail

2. Prepare a check or money order

The bank account holder’s name must be printed on the check.

Make the check payable to “City & County of San Francisco - Department of Building Inspection” or “CCSF-DBI”.

3. Mail the application and payment

Department of Building Inspection

Records Management Division
49 South Van Ness
Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sign into the building before 3:30 pm so we can see you at the counter the same day. 

After you request a 3R report

Once you submit payment, no refunds will be issued or changes allowed. 

We will issue a 3R report in seven to 10 business days. 

If you asked for the report by email, we’ll email it to you from rmd@sfgov.org. If you asked for it to be mailed, we will mail it. If you are picking up the report, we will call you for pickup.

Get help

Phone

Records Management Division

Last updated October 25, 2022