Department of Building Inspection Annual Report - Page 28

I. Building Inspection Division QUICK FACTS • Over 61,000 inspections conducted with over 5,000 building inspections conducted monthly and over 240 inspections conducted daily. • Fourth quarter (April – June) had the most inspections conducted. • Over 3,600 complaints received with over 83% of the complaints processed within business days. • Up to 82% of complaints received were abated without the issuance of a Notice of Violation. Building Inspection Division (BID) is responsible for inspecting the construction of all new and existing buildings and structures for conformity with approved plans and permits, and for compliance with state and local building code requirements. BID responds to emergency situations and complaints of unsafe structures, work without permit, and prepares Notices of Violation as necessary. Unabated cases are referred to Code Enforcement for Director’s Hearings and further action. This division also conducts inspections for Police and Fire permits issued by those agencies and issues, BID monitors and issues Night Noise Permits Permits for construction work at night as prescribed in the San Francisco Police Code. IN REVIEW Night Noise Permit Policy In 2015, DBI developed a Night Noise Permit (NPP) Policy to respond to growing night noise complaints received in densely constructed areas. DBI periodically receives applications for NNPs from developers/ contractors for their construction project when public safety, building structural integrity, and/or traffic and road access issues require thathighly specific and time-limited work must be performed outside of the normal 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. construction hours. NNPs are issued only for a very limited time period, and only when the developer/contractor has met such permit application conditions. This new policy sought to address various concerns regarding public noticing to affected areas and off-hours of operation. Visit sfdbi.org/night-noise-permits for more information. 28 DBI FY 2014 – 2015 Annual Report