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Environmental Health

Food Safety Program: Plan Check Requirements


Plan Review and approval by the Health Department is required for the new construction or remodeling of:

            • Retail food facilities
            • Laundries
            • Overnight animal boarding facilities
            • Vending machines
            • Including, but not limited to the installation/replacement of cooking equipment, ventilation hoods, water heaters, plumbing work, restrooms, and changes to walls/floor/ceiling finishes.

          The Health Department is part of the Department of Building Inspections (DBI) permit process. For new construction and remodeling, submit a building permit application with construction floor plans and specifications to the DBI; be sure to include HEALTH as a routing station. Visit the SF Permit Center to apply for Building Permits.


Submit the Plan Check Application. The fee will be determined by our department. 

Review the self checklist for a list of construction plan components typically required for plan review.


Plan Review Fee Payments
Please note that the Health Department collects a plan review fee payment separate from the Building Department.


In-person payments:
Visit the Permit Center DPH Counter 83 at 49 South Van Ness, 2nd Floor
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7AM - 4PM
Wednesday: 9AM - 4PM
Check, Visa, Mastercard accepted.


Plan Review Assistance
Visit the Permit Center DPH Counter 82 at 49 South Van Ness, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday 9AM - 3PM


Mail-in payments
Send a check payable to SFDPH with your contact information. On the memo line, please write, "DPH Plan Check Fee for (insert project address)" and mail to:

San Francisco Department of Public Health
49 South Van Ness Ave, Ste 600
San Francisco, CA 94103

For technical support relating to the HEALTH codes, please inquire with the program contacts.


For technical support relating to the BUILDING codes, contact the DBI Technical Services Division:

Phone: (628) 652 - 3720


Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint, you may call 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch