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Meet the DBI Pros Summit October 11-12, 2007 Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O., Director. How To Obtain a Permit. How to Obtain a Permit Raymond Lui, S.E. Deputy Director Manager of Plan Review Services. Purpose of this Session. To understand the permitting process To know the regulating agencies

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meet the dbi pros summit october 11 12 2007 isam hasenin p e c b o director

Meet the DBI Pros SummitOctober 11-12, 2007 Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O., Director

How To Obtain a Permit

how to obtain a permit raymond lui s e deputy director manager of plan review services

How to Obtain a PermitRaymond Lui, S.E.Deputy DirectorManager of Plan Review Services

purpose of this session
Purpose of this Session
  • To understand the permitting process
  • To know the regulating agencies
  • To understand permit review options
  • To learn about rules and regulations
  • To be aware of available resources
benefits of getting a permit
Benefits of Getting a Permit
  • Provide minimum standards for habitability & fire life safety
  • Provide minimum standards for structural and seismic safety
  • Provide minimum standards for energy conservation
  • Provide verification that construction meets minimum standards of care
work not requiring a permit
Work Not Requiring a Permit
  • Tool/storage sheds ≤ 100 sq ft roof area
  • Front fences ≤ 3’ high
  • Other fences ≤ 6’ high
  • Movable cases and counters
  • Partitions < 5’-9” high
  • Retaining walls ≤ 4’ high (bottom of footing to top of wall) without surcharge
work not requiring a permit1
Work Not Requiring a Permit
  • Platforms and walks not part of an exit, ≤ 30’’ high above adjacent grade
  • Painting and papering
  • Minor repairs to interior plaster and sheet rock
  • Floor covering not requiring removal of existing floor framing
  • Glazing repair
work not requiring a permit2
Work Not Requiring a Permit
  • Electrical
    • Low voltage installations
    • Cover plates
    • Residential fixture replacement
  • Plumbing
    • Residential fixture replacement
    • Residential low-flow toilet replacement
permit review options
Permit Review Options
  • Over-the-Counter (OTC) permit review
  • Submitted projects
  • Site permit
  • Parallel review
over the counter permit review
Over-the-Counter Permit Review
  • Alterations with no plans
  • Alterations with plans
    • Building and structural plan review (including disabled access review for commercial projects)
    • Mechanical plan review
    • Fire Department plan review
alterations with no plans otc permit review
Alterations with No PlansOTC Permit Review
  • Dry rot repair
  • Re-roofing (except cool roof)
  • Window replacement
  • Garage door replacement (same size)
  • Non-structural kitchen & bathroom remodel
  • Replacement/repair of stucco or siding
alterations with no plans otc permit review1
Alterations with No PlansOTC Permit Review
  • Changing walls (non-rated) from stucco to siding or vice versa (pictures are required by Planning Department)
  • Installation of anchor bolts & plywood sheathing on the ground floor of residential buildings
  • Notice of Violation compliance without plans
alterations with plans otc permit review
Alterations with PlansOTC Permit Review
  • OTC permit review or submitted project?
    • Depends on the complexity of the project
    • Planning Department may require neighborhood notification
  • OTC permit review by multiple agencies
initial permit review otc permit review alterations with plans
Initial Permit ReviewOTC Permit Review – Alterations with Plans
  • Initial screening of permit application
    • Applicant information
    • Scope of work, building characteristics
    • Completeness of submittal package
    • Quality of submittal package
  • Review and approval of alteration projects with no plans
  • Routing to necessary review agencies
otc plan review otc permit review alterations with plans
OTC Plan ReviewOTC Permit Review – Alterations with Plans
  • Planning Department
  • Department of Building Inspection
    • Building and structural
    • Mechanical
  • Fire Department
  • Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping
  • Public Utilities Commission
permit issuance otc permit review alterations with plans
Payment of fees

Planning, DBI, SFFD plan review

DBI field inspection

Public Utilities Commission

Transit impact development

San Francisco Unified School District

Contractor requirements

Licensed in the State of California

San Francisco business tax certificate

Workmen’s compensation insurance

Cal/OSHA safety permit

Issuance of job card

Permit IssuanceOTC Permit Review – Alterations with Plans
submitted projects
Submitted Projects
  • Complicated projects that cannot be reviewed in one-hour
  • Projects requiring neighborhood notification
  • Site Permit and Addenda process
  • Parallel review
pre application meetings submitted projects
Pre-Application MeetingsSubmitted Projects
  • Department of Building Inspection
  • Fire Department
  • Code interpretation in writing
initial permit review submitted projects
Initial Permit ReviewSubmitted Projects
  • Initial screening of permit application
    • Applicant information
    • Scope of work, building characteristics
    • Completeness of submittal package
    • Quality of submittal package
  • Payment of plan review fees
  • Determination of routing to required review agencies
plan review submitted projects
Plan ReviewSubmitted Projects
  • Planning Department
  • Department of Building Inspection
    • Building and structural
    • Mechanical
  • Fire Department
  • Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping
  • Public Utilities Commission
permit issuance submitted projects
Payment of fees

DBI field inspection

Public Utilities Commission

Transit impact development

San Francisco Unified School District

Contractor requirements

Licensed in the State of California

San Francisco business tax certificate

Workmen’s compensation insurance

Cal/OSHA safety permit

Issuance of job card

Permit IssuanceSubmitted Projects
additional permits
Additional Permits
  • Department of Building Inspection
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • B and C licensed contractors
    • Homeowners
  • DPW – Bureau of Street Use & Mapping
    • Street space during construction
    • Encroachment
planning department
Planning Department
  • San Francisco Planning Code
  • Zoning and use districts
  • Setbacks, yards and heights
  • Residential Design Guidelines
  • Historic preservation
planning department1
Planning Department
  • Project Review with planners
  • Pre-Application with neighbors
  • Planning Commission
  • Discretionary Review
  • Maintain good neighborhood character
  • Proposition M findings
  • Private views not regulated
educate and prepare yourself
Educate and Prepare Yourself
  • Contact Planning Department
  • Review DBI printed materials/pamphlets
  • Browse DBI website: www.sfgov.org/dbi
  • Visit the San Francisco Permit Center
  • Consult a design professional
introducing the dbi pros
Introducing the DBI Pros
  • Permit Services
  • Plan Review Services
  • Inspection Services
introducing pros from other san francisco agencies
Introducing Pros from other San Francisco Agencies
  • Planning Department
  • Fire Department
  • Department of Public Works – Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
thank you for attending
Thank You for Attending!
  • We value you and your opinion
  • We are here to assist you
  • Our goal is to improve the value of our services to better serve you
  • We’ll continue to listen to your priorities
  • New improvements are on the horizon
  • Please fill out evaluation forms