Department of Building Inspection Customer Communication

DBI Update – Improved Process for Historical Building Code Requests and 3/6 Awning Amnesty Program Workshop
March 05, 2024

Dear Customers,

The City is improving the process to request the use of the Historical Building Code on a project. Moving forward, project sponsors will submit these requests to SF Planning, who will review the submission and issue a memo with their determination. DBI's Technical Services Division will not be receiving nor approving these requests.

Instead, requests to use the Historical Building Code on a project will be made to SF Planning, who will review the elements requested to apply the Historical Building Code for historical significance and issue a memo verifying the applicability of the Historical Building Code to those elements. The memo is then to be included in the permit application drawings for permit review.

For more information about the new submission process, see updated Information Sheet G-07 on our website.

Also, on Wednesday, March 6, the Department of Building Inspection and the Office of Small Business are hosting an Awning Amnesty Program Workshop.

Representatives from several City departments, including SF Planning and SF Fire, will share information about the process of obtaining a permit for your existing storefront awning and bringing your business into compliance. The workshop will be conducted in English and Chinese, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Awning Amnesty Program was initiated in early 2023 in response to complaints about unpermitted business awnings across San Francisco. Available until June 1, 2024, this program offers a streamlined path for property owners and businesses to achieve compliance.

Join us: 

  • 11:00AM, Wednesday, March 6, 2024
  • City College of San Francisco, Chinatown Branch
  • 808 Kearny Street, Room 201 (at Washington)

For more information, visit

Thank you for your partnership and support. We hope to see you there!