It is incredibly simple to plan a wedding in the San Francisco City Hall.

Where do we start?

Two reservations required. One to obtain your marriage license and another one for your actual Ceremony. Here is where you begin.

How to make a reservation?

Visit City Hall on Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Go to Room 168. Or do it here.

If you planning to get married on the same day, we recommend scheduling license appointment and Ceremony appointment at least one hour apart.

What will it cost?

The fee for the marriage license was $108 at the time this page was created. It usually goes up a few dollars each year.

The fee for the marriage ceremony in the Rotunda or in a private ceremony room is an additional $81.

The fee to have the ceremony on the Mayor’s Balcony or the Fourth Floor (North or South) is $1,004. See this page for more info about reserving Mayors Balcony or 4th Floor.

Online Reservations

Visit Online Civil Ceremony Reservations. Online reservations may only be booked with a Visa or MasterCard. A $5 convenience fee is added.

How many guests can we bring?

Six guests is a limit unless you book the $1000 package. However, it doesn’t seem City Hall enforces this limit.

Both the Mayor’s Balcony and the Fourth Floor can hold up to 100 guests. You may want to provide chairs and a table for beverages, so you’ll need to coordinate that with the Office of Special Events.

For Mayor’s balcony or 4th floor reservations, please contact City Hall Events Department at (415) 554-6068.

What is a recommended area in City Hall for a wedding?

The City Hall is architecture marvel and either location is amazing. We recommend 4th floor (North side) as it is generally better lit.

The 4th Floor and the Mayor’s Balcony are both more private, can accommodate much bigger parties but require $1002 fee, and space is yours for one hour. Keep in mind that the Mayor’s Balcony and the Fourth Floor both require advance reservations through the Office of Special Events,

Is it open on weekend?

Please contact the Office of Special Events, Room 495, at (415) 554-6079 or online at:

What about parking?

There is underground parking across the street at Civic Center Plaza, entrance on McAllister St.

Do we need a witness for the Ceremony?

Unless you are planning on a confidential ceremony, a witness is required which you will have to arrange.

Can you be our witness?


What do we need to bring with us on the big day?

Valid marriage license, and legal photo id.

You don’t need to be a California resident, or a US citizen, to get married in SF City Hall.

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