Permit Services

The Port issues permits and licenses for a variety of activities on property under Port jurisdiction:

Construction Permits

Includes both Building Permits and Encroachment Permits. Building Permits encompass any construction project not sited within a street or sidewalk. These range from small projects like window replacements or installations of wireless communications equipment; and larger projects such as the renovation of spaces within buildings, expansion of existing buildings, or construction of new buildings. Encroachment Permits any construction project within the public right-of-way (i.e. streets and sidewalks).


Street Parking Permits

Encompasses short-term activities in the public right-of-way including use of parking or traffic lanes for construction, street closures for special events, food trucks to support special events, filming, street performing, or similar activities.


Licenses for Activating Streets and Sidewalks

Activation of Port-managed streets and sidewalks through Port-sponsored programs including the  Street Performer Program, and Mobile Vending Pilot Program.


The Port also provides inspections for construction projects and offers the following services to support construction projects:

Inspections for Building Permits

To verify the construction or alteration of buildings and open space


Inspection services for Encroachment Permits

To verify the construction of streets and sidewalks


DBI Plumbing Inspections
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The Port contracts with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (DBI) for plumbing inspections on select Port-issued permits. To determine if your project requires a DBI plumbing inspection, please refer to the DBI and Port Plumbing Inspection Requirements form.


Note: Depending on the scope of your project, the process may require approvals from additional City agencies.

Contact the Permit Desk

The Port Permit Desk is open to visitors on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Appointments are not required. Applications may be submitted electronically or in person via a portable USB flash drive at Pier 1.