Keep your building facade safe

We require that San Francisco building facades are regularly inspected by a California licensed architect or engineer.

If your building is 5 or more stories tall, you may need to have your facade inspected and submit a report every 10 years.

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Deadlines and processes

Inspection report deadlines

You must submit facade inspection reports depending on when your building was built.

  • Buildings built before 1910: December 31, 2021
  • Between 1910 and 1925: December 31, 2023
  • Between 1926 and 1970: December 31, 2025
  • After 1970: December 31, 2027

Qualifying buildings

You must have a facade inspection report and submit a report every 10 years if your building is:

Submit your facade inspection report

Follow our instructions to submit your facade inspection report.


If you have had an inspection and maintenance or replacement within the past 10 years, you may submit the inspection as a waiver from the facade program.

Get help

See us at DBI's Technical Services Division

See us at DBI's Technical Services Division

Permit Center

49 South Van Ness
2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Tue, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Wed, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thu to Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

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Contact us

Contact us

Technical Services Division

For historic buildings

For historic buildings

Facade inspections and maintenance on buildings that are a “historic resource” need to be performed according to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.