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A Fire Department permit constitutes permission to maintain, store, use or handle materials, or to conduct processes which produce conditions hazardous to life or property, or to install equipment used in connection with such activities.  Such permission shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel or set aside any of the provision of the Fire Code.  Such permit shall not take the place of any license required by law.
 

Application for Permits

Conditions of Permits

Permit Type/Description

Additional Guidelines

Permit Fees 

 

 

Application for Permits

Applications for permits shall be submitted to the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Permit Section located at 698 2nd Street, Room 109, San Francisco, CA 94107.  Permit application packets sent via email will not be accepted.  The Permit Section office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  For more information, please contact: Fire.Permits@sfgov.org or call: BFP Permit Section.

Applications for Fire Department permit shall be accompanied by plans when required by the Bureau.  Depending on the type of Fire Department permit, certain regulated activities require a supplemental application, additional information, site plans, floor layout plans, and proof of insurance.  The following are various documents and forms used by the Permit Section:
 

 

Conditions of Permits

Expiration.  A permit shall continue until revoked or for such a period of time as designed at the time of issuance.  Permits shall not be transferable and any change in use, occupancy, operation, or ownership shall require a new permit.

Inspection Required.  Before a permit issued, the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall inspect and approve the receptacles, vehicles, buildings, devices, premises, storage spaces or areas to be used.  In instances where laws or regulations are also enforced by other departments, a joint approval shall be obtained from all departments concerned.

Retention of Permits.  Permits shall be kept on the premises at all times and shall be posted in a conspicuous location on the premises.  Permits shall be subject to inspection all times by an officer or the Fire or Police Departments or any persons authorized by the Chief.

Revocation of Permits.  The Chief is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit when it is determined after a hearing by the Chief.
 

 

Permit Type/Description

Permit Type/Description (PDF)

 
AEROSOL PRODUCTS, MANUFACTURE, STORE, HANDLE
AIRCRAFT, REPAIR, SERVICING
AIRCRAFT REFUELING VEHICLE, STORAGE, USE
AMUSEMENT BUILDINGS, OPERATION
BATTERY SYSTEM,  STORAGE, USE
CARNIVALS AND FAIRS, OPERATION
CARNIVALS AND FAIRS, SPONSOR, EVENT
CARNIVALS AND FAIRS, SPONSOR, ISCOTT
CELLULOSE NITRATE FILM, STORAGE, USE, HANDLING
CELLULOSE NITRATE PLASTICS, STORAGE, HANDLING, ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURE
COMBUSTIBLE DUST-PRODUCING OPERATIONS
COMBUSTIBLE FIBERS, STORAGE
COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS, MISCELLANEOUS, STORAGE, HANDLING
COMPRESSED GAS, FUELING STATION, OPERATION
COMPRESSED GAS, STORAGE, USE, HANDLING
CONDITIONAL USE, OTHER
CONDITIONAL USE, VENDOR, EVENT
CONDITIONAL USE, VENDOR, ISCOTT
COVERED MALL BUILDINGS, OPERATION
CRYOGENIC FLUIDS, STORAGE, USE
DRY CLEANING PLANT, OPERATION
EXHIBITS AND TRADE SHOWS, OPERATION
EXHIBITS AND TRADE SHOWS, SPONSOR, EVENT
EXPLOSIVES, MANUFACTURE, STORAGE, HANDLING, SALE, USE
FIREFIGHTER AIR SYSTEM, MAINTENANCE, TESTING
FIREWORKS, PUBLIC DISPLAY
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE FINISHES, FLOOR FINISHING, APPLICATION
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE FINISHES, LIMITED SPRAY PAINTING, APPLICATION
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE FINISHES, SPRAY PAINTING, APPLICATION
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS, MANUFACTURE, PROCESS, BLEND, REFINE
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS, PORTABLE CONTAINER, STORE, HANDLE, USE
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS, PORTABLE CONTAINER, USE, TEMPORARY
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS, STATIONARY TANK
     ABOVE-GROUND STATIONARY TANK, ABANDON-IN-PLACE
     ABOVE-GROUND STATIONARY TANK, FUEL REMOVAL BY OTHER MEANS
     ABOVE-GROUND STATIONARY TANK, OUT OF SERVICE < 1 YEAR
     ABOVE-GROUND STATIONARY TANK, REMOVAL
     ABOVE-GROUND STATIONARY TANK, STORAGE, USE
     ABOVE-GROUND STATIONARY TANK, TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE < 90 DAYS
     UNDERGROUND STATIONARY TANK, ABANDON-IN-PLACE
     UNDERGROUND STATIONARY TANK, FUEL REMOVAL BY OTHER MEANS
     UNDERGROUND STATIONARY TANK, OUT OF SERVICE < 1 YEAR
     UNDERGROUND STATIONARY TANK, REMOVAL
     UNDERGROUND STATIONARY TANK, STORAGE, USE
     UNDERGROUND STATIONARY TANK, TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE < 90 DAYS
FLAMMABLE / COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS, TANK VEHICLE, OPERATION, DISPENSING
FRUIT AND CROP RIPENING, OPERATION
FUMIGATION AND THERMAL INSECTICIDAL FOGGING, OPERATION, MAINTAIN
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, STORE, TRANSPORT, DISPENSE, USE, HANDLE
HAZARDOUS PRODUCTION MATERIAL (HPM) FACILITIES
HIGH-PILED STORAGE
HOT WORK OPERATIONS, JEWELER, GRIND, BRAZE, SOLDER, CONDUCT
HOT WORK OPERATIONS, ROOFER, OPEN FLAME DEVICE, CONDUCT
HOT WORK OPERATIONS, WELDER, CUT, WELD, GRIND, BRAZE, SOLDER, CONDUCT
INDUSTRIAL OVEN, BAKING / DRYING, OPERATION
JUNK YARD / WRECKING YARD, OPERATION
LIQUID- OR GAS-FUELED VEHICLES OR EQUIPMENT IN ASSEMBLY BUILDINGS, USE
LP-GAS, MOBILE CATERER, USE
LP-GAS, PORTABLE CYLINDERS, STORAGE, USE
LP-GAS, PORTABLE CYLINDERS, USE, TEMPORARY
LP-GAS, ROOFER, STORAGE, USE
LP-GAS, STATIONARY TANK, STORAGE, USE
LIVE AUDIENCE, PRODUCTION FACILITY / STUDIO / SOUND STAGE, ALLOW
LUMBER YARD / WOODWORKING PLANT, STORAGE
MAGNESIUM, PROCESSING
MOTOR FUEL FACILITY, OPERATION
MOTOR FUEL FACILITY, SELF-SERVICE, OPERATION
ORGANIC COATING, MANUFACTURE
OPEN BURNING (SEE OFFICER)
OPEN FLAME, CANDLE, ASSEMBLY, USE
OPEN FLAME, STERNO, BARBECUE, USE
OPEN FLAME, USE, TEMPORARY
OPEN OUTDOOR FIRE (SEE OFFICER)
PLACE OF ASSEMBLY,  MOVIE PICTURE, THEATER, OPERATION (NO LONGER ISSUED)
PLACE OF ASSEMBLY, OPERATION
PLACE OF ASSEMBLY, PERMANENT OCCUPANCY, NON-PROFIT, OPERATION
PLACE OF ASSEMBLY, TEMPORARY / SPECIAL, OPERATION (FIRE WATCH REQUIRED)
PYROTECHNIC SPECIAL EFFECTS MATERIAL, USE, HANDLING
REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT, OPERATION
ROOFTOP HELIPORT, OPERATION
TEMPORARY MEMBRANE STRUCTURES / TENTS, OPERATE, INSTALL
TIRE-REBUILDING PLANT, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE
TIRES, SCRAP / TIRE BYPRODUCTS, STORAGE
VEHICLE REPAIR GARAGE, MAJOR, OPERATION
VEHICLE REPAIR GARAGE, MINOR, OPERATION
WASTE HANDLING, OPERATION
 

  

Additional Guidelines


Permit Fees 

Below is Table 113-A of Chapter 1 of the 2010 San Francisco Fire Code, which went into effect on January 1, 2011.  

(Amended by Ord. No. 277-10, File No. 100878)
 

TYPE OF PERMIT FEE
Aerosol Products, Regulated Activities $330.00
Amusement Buildings, Operation $330.00
Aviation Facilities, Regulated Activities $330.00
Aviation Facilities, Aircraft Refueling Vehicle $330.00
Battery System, Operation $330.00
Carnivals and Fairs, Operation $330.00
Cellulose Nitrate Film, Regulated Activities $330.00
Combustible Dust-Producing Operations $330.00
Combustible Fiber, Regulated Activities $330.00
Combustible Material, Regulated Activities $330.00
Compressed Gas, Regulated Activities $330.00
Conditional Use $90.00
Covered Mall Buildings, Operation $330.00
Cryogenic Fluids, Regulated Activities $330.00
Dry Cleaning Plant, Operation $330.00
Exhibits and Trade Shows, Operation $330.00
Explosives, Regulated Activities $330.00
Fireworks, Display $330.00
Firefighter Air Systems, Maintenance $330.00
Flammable and Combustible Finishes, Application of (Including Floor Finishes) $330.00
Flammable or Combustible Liquids, Regulated Activities $330.00
Fruit and Crop Ripening $330.00
Fumigation and Thermal Insecticidal Fogging $330.00
Hazardous Materials, Regulated Activities $330.00
Hazardous Production Material (HPM) Facilities $330.00
High-Piled Storage $330.00
Hot Work Operations, Regulated Activities $330.00
Industrial Ovens $330.00
Liquefied Petroleum Gases, Regulated Activities $330.00
Live Audience, Production Facility, Studio, Sound Stage $330.00
Lumberyards and Woodworking Plants $330.00
Magnesium Processing $330.00
Open Burning $330.00
Open Flame and Candles in Assembly Areas $330.00
Organic Coating, Manufacturing $330.00
Place of Assembly $330.00
Place of Assembly-Permanent Occupancy for Non-Profit Group $0.00
Pyrotechnic Special Effects Material $330.00
Pyroxylin Plastics $330.00
Refrigeration Equipment $330.00
Repair Garages and Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities $330.00
Rooftop Heliports $330.00
Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents $330.00
Tire Storage $330.00
Tire Rebuilding Plants $330.00
Waste Handling, Regulated Activities $330.00
 
 
 
Upated 1/12/2011 
Last updated: 9/10/2014 8:50:05 AM