Start a building permit application
Get your small business permits with a 30-day review
Open a new business or change your business operations under Prop H.
See our limited permit services
We are available Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm for limited over-the-counter permit services.
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.
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
Upload plans that you changed in response to plan checker comments.
Track your building permit application
Find building permits for current and past construction projects in our permit tracking system (PTS).
Submit addenda for your site permit
Follow our instructions to submit addenda to a site permit originally submitted electronically.
Other permits and inspections
Register with the City as a licensed contractor
You can file electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and Boiler to Operate permits online, if you register.
Building permits during the coronavirus outbreak
Information on construction projects during the coronavirus pandemic
Construction projects are allowed if they follow specific safety protocols. Get information to keep construction sites safe.
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
The Department of Building Inspection and the Permit Center accept some building permit applications online.
The City updated building codes in 2019. The updated codes were effective January 1, 2020.
The City requires you to pay building permit fees for all projects. Find the relevant fees for your project.
The Fire Department reviews plans for buildings with 3 or more residential units.
Follow these requirements to protect our water, energy efficiency, and sewer system function.
If you are not registered with the City, schedule your building inspection on the phone or in-person.