Before you commit to a location or building space, know what you’re getting into. Every location has zoning laws defining where you can or can’t legally operate a business. The San Francisco Planning Department enforces these zoning regulations (called the San Francisco Planning Code), reviews projects and proposals for compliance, and issues certain business and construction permits.

Zoning Check

The Planning Department gives an overview of the permitting and zoning process on their site and offers a number of resources, including those below, to help you understand and comply with San Francisco's zoning rules.

Find My Zoning

The SF Planning Department’s Find My Zoning page provides detailed information on zoning rules, how they apply to your business, and how you can follow them. 

Property Information Map

The Planning Department’s online Property Information Map allows you to see what codes apply to your property and what permits may have been issued on your property in the past.

Planning Information Center (PIC) 

Professional planners are available at an information desk in the Planning Department every weekday to answer questions about permits, zoning and land use, neighborhood and area plans, and more. You can email, call, or visit them in person at the Planning Information Center.

How-To Guides

The Department also offers permitting How-To Guides for most project types. These guides are a great place to start if you are new to the zoning and permitting process. You can find a few of the most common guides in the Featured Resources on this page.

Last modified date: Tue, 03/05/2019 - 14:55