Public Records Requests

The San Francisco Fire Department provides members of the public access to Department public records as permitted by the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance and the California Public Records Act.


Fire Department Property Inspection Records, Violation and Permit History

To search San Francisco property inspection, violation & permit history records, please go to: San Francisco Fire Permits Data Map (links to an external independent website)


Fire Report Records (Fire Incident Reports; Fire Investigation Reports)

Requests to receive copies of incident reports generated under the rules and guidelines of the National Fire Incident Reporting System and/or reports generated when SFFD Fire Investigators perform an origin and cause investigation should be directed to the Bureau of Fire Investigation: Fire Reports


Fire Department Public Records

All other requests should be directed to the Public Records Officer.  To submit your Public Records request, submit a Public Records Request Form:

PDF icon PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST FORM (rev. July 2017).pdf

You may submit your request via the following:

U.S. Mail:
San Francisco Fire Department
Public Records Officer
698 Second Street, Room 224
San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone: (415) 558-3384

Fax: (415) 558-3407


Fire Prevention Requests: for records related to property, permits, inspections, code enforcement, and the like 


Non Fire Prevention Requests: for records related to non-protected personnel, payroll, finance, and other administrative matters 


Online: Next Request (currently under beta testing; please allow for additional response time when using this option)


Fees for copies of records apply as designated by law.  Please refer to our Public Records Request Policy and Procedure for more information.


Records Request Complaints

A requesting party who believes that the Department has improperly withheld a record or otherwise failed to fulfill its obligations under the City's Sunshine Ordinance may also file a complaint with the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force by submitting the complaint to:

Sunshine Ordinance Task Force
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 244
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
(415) 554-7724 - voice
(415) 554-5163 - fax
Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   (Except Legal Holidays)

The Task Force will review the matter and hold a hearing if it deems one is necessary. If the Task Force determines that the Department has improperly withheld a record, the Task Force will order the Department to release the record.