Over-the-counter (OTC) permits
The Department of Building Inspection reviews every building permit application for life safety and building code compliance. We provide over-the-counter review for simple permit applications. Drop-in at the Permit Center to submit your application.
Start a building permit application
Get a building permit with In-House Review
You must have a building permit to do construction. Follow these steps for In-House Permit projects.
Schedule a pre-application meeting
Optional service: Meet with DBI or Fire Department staff to review code issues before you apply for a building permit.
Instant online building permits
Register with the City as a licensed contractor
You can file electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and Boiler to Operate permits online, if you register.
Electronic plan review
Learn about our building permit review processes
We review every building permit application for life safety and building code compliance.
Add our Back Check page to your plans
You must add our Back Check page PDF to submit plans in Bluebeam, our electronic plan review software.
Resubmit plans for a building permit application
Follow our instructions to upload revisions for non-licensed Bluebeam users or Mac users.
Track your building permit application
Find building permits for current and past construction projects in our permit tracking system.
Schedule an inspection for your construction
Call our automated system to schedule a building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical inspection.
Contractors: Schedule inspections online for your permitted work
Contractors can sign into their DBI account to schedule a building, electrical, or plumbing inspection.
Get a permit to build a sign
Follow our processes to fill out the right forms, prepare your plans, and come to the Permit Center.
Prepare for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) project
Decide if you want to add an ADU and prepare your application.
Get your small business permits with a 30-day review
Open a new business or change your business operations under Prop H.
We are open for in-person building permit services. See critical visit info and current wait times.
Electronic plan review (EPR) resources
Training materials and resource guides for building permit Electronic Plan Review.