Department of Building Inspection Annual Report Fiscal Year 2016-2017 - Page 14

Additional Dwelling Units Legalization of In-Law Units 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 spaces that were 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. 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. In Review In Review 285 permits submitted 17 permits issued 1 permit completed 14 Department of Building Inspection, Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Report 200 permits submitted 131 permits issued 84 permits completed