Building Inspection Commission - February 17, 2016 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
February 17, 2016 - 9:30am
Location: 
City Hall, Room 416
United States

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  BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION (BIC)
  Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
 
 NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING 
 Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
 City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416
 Aired Live on SFGTV Channel 78    
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AGENDA
(The BIC will take public comment on every item appearing on the agenda.  Members of the public who address the Commission have the discretion on whether they wish to identify themselves for the record.)

1. Call to Order and Roll Call.

2. President’s Announcements.

3. General Public Comment:  The BIC will take public comment on matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction that are not part of this agenda.

4. Election of BIC President and Vice-President.

5. Discussion and possible action to appoint Commissioners to serve on the Litigation Sub-Committee.

6. Discussion and possible action to appoint Commissioners to serve on the Nominations Sub-Committee.

7. Discussion regarding application to convert Single Room Occupancies (SROs) under section 41.13 of the Administrative Code.

 
8. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed ordinance (Board of Supervisors File # 150494-2) amending the Planning Code to require Conditional Use authorization for the removal of any residential unit, whether legal or illegal, and compliance with landscaping and permeable surfaces requirements for building additions and residential mergers; amending the Building Code to require that notices of violation mandate legalization of an illegal unit unless infeasible under the Building Code or the Planning Commission approves its removal.  (Continued Item)

9. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed ordinance (Board of Supervisors File #141118) amending the Building Code to require that 1) the facades of certain buildings having five or more stories be inspected periodically by a licensed architect or engineer; 2) inspection reports be submitted to the owner and the Department of Building Inspection according to an inspection and reporting schedule circumstances in addition to other requirements and regulations.

10. Discussion on the City Hall Earthquake Inspection Drill that was done in October 2015.

11. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed ordinance (Board of Supervisors File# 150732) amending the Building Code to require any existing building with a place of public accommodation either to have all primary entries and path of travel into the building accessible by persons with disabilities or to receive from the City a determination of equivalent facilitation, technical infeasibility, or unreasonable hardship; establishing a Disability Access Compliance Unit within the Department of Building Inspection circumstances in addition to other requirements and regulations.

12. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed ordinance (Board of Supervisors File# 160024) amending the Police Code to mandate that businesses and places of public accommodation designate single-user toilet facilities that are available to the public or employees as all-gender and accessible to persons of any gender identity, and require enforcement of the signage requirements by the Department of Building Inspection.

13. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed Code amendments to California Plumbing Code Sections 606.3 Multi-dwelling Units, 606.5 Control Valves, and 606.2 Fullway valve to minimize current unnecessary waste of potable water and major disruptions and to large numbers of adjacent dwellings and other units when remodeling occurs in an individual unit of a larger building.

14. Director’s Report.
a. Update on DBI’s finances.
b. Update on proposed or recently enacted State or local legislation.
c. Update on major projects.
d. Update on Code Enforcement.

15. Discussion on Accela Permit and Project Tracking System. 

16. Review and approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 15, 2015. 

17. Commissioner’s Questions and Matters. 
a. Inquiries to Staff.  At this time, Commissioners may make inquiries to staff regarding various documents, policies, practices, and procedures, which are of interest to the Commission.

b. Future Meetings/Agendas.  At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Building Inspection Commission.

18. Adjournment.

Copies of all documents referred to in the agenda are available for public inspection and copying between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Building Inspection Commission, 1660 Mission Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 and will be available at the February 17, 2016 meeting. [Sonya Harris, 558-6164]  

If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Building Inspection Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the locations and during the times specified above.

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE
(Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

    Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  

    The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.  

        FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE, TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE, OR TO REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE ORDINANCE, CONTACT CHRIS RUSTOM BY MAIL TO ADMINISTRATOR, SUNSHINE TASK FORCE CITY HALL, ROOM 244, 1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102-4689. OFFICE (415) 554-7724, FAX (415) 554-7854, E-MAIL: sotf@sfgov.org
        
Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Mr. Rustom or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/ and at the San Francisco Public Library.

In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals.

MISSION STATEMENT

        As a policy-making and supervisory body mandated by the City Charter, the seven-member citizen Building Inspection Commission will manage the Department of Building Inspection and the bodies subordinate to the Commission by overseeing the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of the City and County’s Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical Codes, along with Disability Access Regulations.
        
ACCESSIBLE MEETING INFORMATION POLICY

        The meeting will be held at the City Hall Building, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, 4th Floor, Room 416.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at 8th (at the United Nations Plaza) and Market Streets.
        
        Accessible MUNI/Metro lines servicing this location are the J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean view, and N-Judah at Van Ness and Civic Center Stations; 9-San Bruno, 71-Haight, and 42-Downtown bus lines.  For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142.

     The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible.  Accessible curbside parking spaces have been designated on the Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street perimeters of City Hall for mobility-impaired persons.  There is accessible parking available within the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at the corner of McAllister and Polk Streets, and within the Performing Arts Parking Garage at Grove and Franklin Streets.
     
Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available.  Assistive Listening devices will be available at the meeting.  To request a sign language interpreter, reader, materials in alternative formats, or other accommodations for a disability, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris (415) 558-6164.  Providing 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.
       Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call (415) 558-6164 to discuss meeting accessibility.  In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such persons, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.
          
                   
      LANGUAGE ACCESS
      
       Please note:  For questions about the Language Access Ordinance, please contact OCEIA at (415) 581-2360 and ask for the Executive Director or Language Access Compliance Officer.  Language Assistance:  To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at (415) 558-6164 or by email at sonya.harris@sfgov.org at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.
       
POLICY STATEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING OR MEETING

       Pursuant to Section 67.7-1(c) of the San Francisco Administrative Code, members of the public who are unable to attend the public meeting or hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the BIC Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at 1660 Mission Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 or at the place of the scheduled hearing before the proceedings begin.  These written comments shall be made a part of the official public record and these comments will be brought to the attention of the members of the Building Inspection Commission.  [Twenty copies are necessary.]

POLICY STATEMENT OF PUBLIC COMMENT
       Pursuant to Section 67.16 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, each member of the public may address the Commission once for up to three minutes on any agenda item.
       
SAN FRANCISCO LOBBYIST ORDINANCE
       Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code § 2.100] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA  94102; telephone (415) 252-3100; fax (415) 252-3112; web site: sfgov.org/ethics.