The Department of Building Inspection reviews every building permit application for life safety and building code compliance.
Most commercial projects can be reviewed over-the-counter. Review our instructions to prepare the right forms and book a time to submit your building permit application.
(Some businesses are eligible for a 30-day review for business permits under Proposition H. See details about small business permit review in 30-days.)
Check if your project qualifies for OTC
These commercial projects qualify for over-the-counter review:
- Commercial tenant improvement projects
- Office or other B occupancy remodels
- Power door operators
- Permits to comply with the Accessible Business Entrance program
All commercial building projects require architectural plans. Hire a designer or architect.
Bring 2 sets of plans when you submit your building permit application.
All other commercial projects must be reviewed in-house.
Fill out forms about your role on the project
We need to know your role on the project to apply for an OTC permit.
Pick the form that applies to you.
- For owners, fill out the owner package.
- For contractors, fill out the contractor statement.
- For authorized agents, fill out the authorized agent form.
Print them and bring them with you when apply for a building permit.
Fill out the permit application form
You will need property and construction details to fill out our building permit application.
Fill out the Green Energy form
All building permit applications must fill out our Green Energy forms.
Fill out water use forms
For construction projects that add new water fixtures or fire sprinklers, fill out this form.
Submit your application
Come to the Permit Center to submit your application.
If your project needs plans, bring 2 sets of plans when you submit your building permit application.
You will get a building permit application number.
We will review your application, check your plans, and route your application to the required stations in person.
You may need to come back on a separate day to finish your plans.
Recheck your plans
You may need to update your plans to address plan check comments.
After you address plan check comments, recheck your plans with the plan checker from your first review. Schedule with your plan checker by email.
Pay your remaining fees and get your job card
You must have your job card before you can start construction.
Post your construction document at the construction site.
Last updated May 19, 2022