Building Inspection Commission - August 19, 2020 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
August 19, 2020 - 10:00am

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Department of Building Inspection (DBI)

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Meeting held by teleconference pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 and the Twelfth Supplement to Mayoral Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

(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. 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.
5. Discussion regarding Commissioners’ tour of new DBI offices.
6. Update on the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program regarding COVID-19 actions.
7. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed Ordinance (Board of Supervisors File No. 200701) amending the Building Code to require new construction to utilize only electric power; adopting findings of local conditions under the California Health and Safety Code, in addition to other requirements.
8. Discussion and possible action regarding Administrative Bulletin 112, establishing regulations for permits for mixed fuel new construction in exceptional cases of physical or technical infeasibility.
9. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed Ordinance (Board of Supervisors File No. 200785) amending the Existing Building Code to extend the date for completion of work for the seismic retrofitting of Tier IV wood-frame buildings to September 15, 2021.
10. Discussion and possible action regarding the proposed Resolution stating the commitment of the Building Inspection Commission and Department of Building Inspection to racial justice and equity.
11. Update regarding DBI permitting.
12. Discussion and possible action regarding As-Needed Consultant Services for Structural Design and Geotechnical Review Pre-Qualified List.
13. 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.
14. Review and approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 18, 2020.
15. 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, 49 South Van Ness Avenue , 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 and will be available at [Sonya Harris, 628-652-3510] 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.


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(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.


Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, and at the San Francisco Public Library.

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.

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 (628) 652-3510. Providing 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call (628) 652-3510 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.

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 (628) 652-3510 or by email at at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

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 49 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th 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.]

Pursuant to Section 67.16 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, each member of the public may address the Commission once for up to two minutes on any agenda item.

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:

Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code section 1.127 prohibits any person with a financial interest in certain land use matters from making a political contribution to any committee controlled by an individual currently holding, or seeking election to, the office of Mayor, Supervisor, or City Attorney. Solicitation or acceptance of such a contribution is also prohibited. Be aware that certain matters pending before or acted upon by the Building Inspection Commission may constitute land use matters under section 1.127. Please visit to learn more about whether your involvement in such matters affects your ability to make political contributions, or contact the Ethics Commission at or (415) 252-3100.