Department of Building Inspection Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015-2016 - Page 14

Program Highlights Additional Dwelling Units Legalization of In-Law Units Mandatory Soft Story Private School Evaluation Established in May 2015, building owners participating in the City’s Mandatory Soft Story Program or voluntary seismic retrofitting programs may now add additional accessory dwelling units in space that was not previously residential so long as those units do not extend beyond the existing building envelope. Established in May 2014, this ordinance allows unauthorized dwelling units or, “in-law” units to be legalized. This is a voluntary program that allows property owners to formally register and rent their in- law units in San Francisco, assuming all life-safety conditions are met. Established in November 2014, the Private School Earthquake Program went into effect, requiring existing private elementary and secondary schools in San Francisco to obtain an earthquake evaluation of their buildings. This ordinance will potentially add new affordable units to the housing stock. It is applicable citywide and not limited to specific zoning districts, except for the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD). An in-law unit is an additional dwelling inside a property that was intended to be a single unit. Homeowners often convert and rent unused space in their homes. Although it is common, this has been illegal. With this ordinance, one of these existing units may legally join the housing market should the owner follow the stipulated process. This program ensures that these existing in- law units will be safe and habitable for renters. Created in 2013 through a city ordinance, the Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program is a multi-year community- based effort enforced by DBI to ensure the safety and resilience of San Francisco’s housing stock. It requires property owners to retrofit older, wood-framed, multi- family buildings with a soft-story condition that puts it at risk of collapse. In Review In Review 199 permits filed to date 33 permits issued 3 completed work 14 157 permits submitted 102 permits issued 41 completed work Department of Building Inspection, Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report The ordinance applies to wood-frame buildings of three or more stories or two stories over a basement or underfloor area that have any portion extending above grade, and containing five or more residential dwelling units where the permit to construct was applied for prior to January 1, 1978, and where the building has not yet been seismically strengthened. In Review 127 permits submitted 336 permits issued 482 completed work This program strives to provide greater transparency of the seismic safety of private school buildings. Under State law, existing private schools are not required to meet the same rigorous safety requirements as public schools. In Review 108 scope reports received 9 scope evaluations received All scope evaluations due on 11/2/2017 Department of Building Inspection, Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report 15