On Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 our offices will be closed with no staff access to phones or e-mail. We appreciate your patience.

Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19, the Planning Department is not offering any in-person services, but we are operating remotely. Please e-mail pic@sfgov.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Find our COVID-19 service information page here.

Permit Center at 49 South Van Ness

San Francisco Planning will be joining our sister agencies at the new Permit Center, where 15 City agencies will co-locate to make construction, small business permits, and events in San Francisco easier for our customers.

San Francisco Planning Offices

Effective August 17, 2020, our new address is:

49 South Van Ness Ave, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Reception: 628.652.7600
Location and Hours

Some of the things we can help you with:

  • a permit for a project you are undertaking
  • zoning/land use information
  • the San Francisco Planning Code
  • a particular neighborhood plan or area plan
  • general questions

Working on an historic building?

If your project involves alteration to a structure that has been identified as a historic resource or if the structure is 45 years old or greater, see one of our Historic Preservation Specialists (hours of operation are now the same as PIC, above).

Other Resources

Information on Environmental Impact Reports (EIR): Environmental Review Documents

To get zoning or property information: SF Property Information Map

City-wide complaint issues and reporting: Complaints Resources

Update mailing address or get a property appraisal: Office of Assessor-Recorder


Planning and Building Inspection - what's the Difference?

Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for regulating the type and scale of land use activities at a given location dictated by the San Francisco Planning Code. The Code includes zoning regulations which outline land use activities and the overall dimensions of the structures in which they occur, such as: restrictions on commercial uses by zoning district, setting maximum building heights, rear yard, open space, etc.

In general, the Planning Department reviews projects and uses before construction or demolition occurs. The documents needed for these and other uses are often called applications. 

Violations of the Planning Code, relating to such topics as illegal uses of dwelling units or commercial uses in residential properties, signage, exceeding permitted hours of operation, can be referred to Code Enforcement or PIC staff.


Department of Building Inspection

The Department of Building Inspection (or DBI) is responsible for all structural and life safety concerns in the construction, demolition or alteration of buildings dictated by the San Francisco and California Building Codes including, but not limited to: electrical and plumbing permits, HVAC systems, Title 24 energy standards and handicapped access pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, etc.

In general, DBI approves construction or demolition requests and inspects results. The documents issued for these and other uses are often called permits.

Violations related to construction or remodeling being done without a permit or beyond the scope of an authorized building permit should be referred to DBI online or the Public Services Division at 415.558.6096.