Current San Francisco building codes

2019 SF and CA Codes are effective for permit applications filed on or after January 1, 2020.

The Codes include Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Energy and Green Building Codes.

There is no grace period.

Documents

Highlights from the 2016 SF Building Code

The following ordinances were incorporated into the 2016 San Francisco Building Code. They are provided for reference, but you should not rely on it as the City's official published code. Refer to the 2019 CA and SF Code links for the official published version of the code.

Notice to tenants of dwelling unit merger or demolition.

Definition of vacant or abandoned buildings.

Conditional Use Required to Remove Any Residential Unit and Mandatory Legalization of Illegal Units in C-3 Districts; Permeable Surfaces and Landscaping Requirements Citywide for Building Additions and Residential Mergers.

Conditional Use Required to Remove Any Residential Unit, including an Unauthorized Unit

Mandatory Disability Access Improvements; Building Owner's Notice to Tenant; Administrative Fee

All Gender Toilet Facilities 

Permit Suspension for Repeat Violations

Code Enforcement Procedures

Stormwater Management Requirements

Building Facade Inspection and Maintenance and Establishing Fee

Better Roof Requirements for Renewable Energy Facilities

Fire, Housing, Building Codes - Fire Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings

Better Roof Requirements, Including Living Roofs