Coit Tower is sandwiched between San Francisco's two tallest buildings — the Salesforce Tower, left, and Transamerica Pyramid — in a view of the skyline. Due to rising costs, the city has raised its building inspection fees by 15 percent effective Aug. 28, 2023. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

SAN FRANCISCO’s Department of Building Inspection fees increased by 15 percent starting Monday, Aug. 28 following approval by city officials last month.

The department explained in a statement that it is entirely funded through fees and that costs have risen over 30 percent since 2015 due to inflation.

“(Monday’s) fee increase is necessary for us to continue to ensure building safety by reviewing plans and permit applications, inspecting construction work, producing real estate records, and investigating complaints,” DBI officials said.

Mayor London Breed and the city’s Board of Supervisors approved the increase in July.

Updated fees can be seen at