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Food Safety Program: Permit Requirements

Please note if you are building or remodeling a Food Facility.

If you are proposing to build or remodel a food facility or represent a client or owner, you must complete a Plan Check application and submit the appropriate fee and deposit before plans are approved and released.

Page 1 is mandatory and must be completed. Page 2 is a check list for the designer or builder.

Turn in the completed application to your assigned Plan Check Inspector.

For more information, please call 415-252-3836 or 415-252-3861

Plan Check Procedure for New or Remodeled Establishments

The Health Department collects a non-transferable deposit for checking plans, inspecting construction or remodeling, and for other permit-related activities. See the current plan check deposit fee in the Fee Schedule. The check or money order must be deposited with the Environmental Health Section office at 1390 Market St, Suite 210, San Francisco, CA 94102. When the project is completed and the permit is issued, any remainder of the deposit will be refunded to you.


Requirements for Construction and Equipment

The Health Department is part of the Building Permit Process. For new construction and major remodeling, floor plans and specifications must be filed with the appropriate city department.

Commercial food equipment shall meet American National Standards Institute and/ or UL certification. The City and County of San Francisco promotes resource conservation and sustainability. As a recommendation, please check the PG&E link under the Helpful Links on this page. There is energy saving advice as well as equipment and systems that may qualify for rebates.

Department of Building Inspection: Central Permit Bureau
1660 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6096

Department of Planning
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6377

Plumbing Inspection
1660 Mission Street, 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6054

Electrical Inspection
1660 Mission Street, 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6506

California Health and Safety Code, Division 104-Environmental Health, Part 7. California Retail Food Code has the requirements for the physical make of the establishment. This is the law that every county Health Department in California enforces.