Building Inspection Commission - June 17, 2020 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
June 17, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: 

PDF iconBIC Agenda 06-17-20.pdf


BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION (BIC)
Department of Building Inspection (DBI)

Remote Hearing via video and teleconferencing Watch SF Cable Channel 78/Watch www.sfgovtv.org Watch: https://bit.ly/3fkfpq1 PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN: 1-408-418-9388 / Access Code: 146 062 4280 Due to the COVID-19 health emergency and to protect Commissioners, DBI staff, and members of the public, the Building Inspection Commission’s Meeting Room (Room 416) is closed. Members of the public are to participate remotely. If you want to ensure your comment on any item on the agenda is received by the Building Inspection Commission in advance of the meeting, please send an email to sonya.harris@sfgov.org by 5pm on Tuesday, June 16 or call (415) 558-6164. Please see the information on the next page for remote meeting access.
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.

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

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.)
During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) emergency, the Building Inspection Commission’s regular meeting room, City Hall, Room 416, is closed. Commissioners and Department of Building Inspection staff will convene remotely. The public is encouraged to submit comments in advance of the meeting in one of two ways: (1) email sonya.harris@sfgov.org, (2) record a message on the Building Inspection Commission phone line at (415) 558-6164. Public comments received by Tuesday, June 16 at 5pm will be included in 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 and possible action regarding proposed Administrative Bulletin - 111 “Guidelines for Preparation of Geotechnical and Earthquake Ground Motion Reports for Foundation Design of Tall Buildings”.
6. Discussion and possible action regarding Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to add a definition of Tourist or Transient Use under the Residential Hotel Unit Conversion Ordinance; to set the term of tenancy for such use at less than 7 days, through December 31, 2021, and, starting on January 1, 2022, at no less than 30 days; to provide an amortization period applicable to hotels currently regulated under the ordinance; to provide a process by which the owners or operators of regulated hotels can request that the amortization period be longer, on a case-by-case basis; to amend the definition of Permanent Resident, from a person who occupies a room for 32 to 30 days, in addition to other requirements.
7. Discussion regarding electronic plan check. (Presenters: Melissa Whitehouse –Permit Center/ Christine Gasparac – Assistant Director, Department of Building Inspection)
8. 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.
9. Review and approval of the minutes of the Special Meeting of January 29, 2020.
10. Review and approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 19, 2020.
11. 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 https://sfdbi.org/meetings/17 [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.

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Remote Access to Information and Participation In accordance with Governor Newsom’s statewide order for all residents to Shelter-in-place - and the numerous preceding local and state proclamations, orders and supplemental directions - aggressive directives have been issued to slow down and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Therefore, the Building Inspection Commission meetings will be held via videoconferencing and allow for remote public comment. The Commission strongly encourages interested parties to submit their comments in writing, in advance of the hearing to sonya.harris@sfgov.org. Visit the SFGovTV website (https://sfgovtv.org/building) to stream the live meetings or watch on a local television station.

Public Comment call-in: 1-408-418-9388 / Access code: 146 062 4280

The public comment call-in line number will also be provided on the Department’s webpage www.sfdbi.org and during the live SFGovTV broadcast.

As the COVID-19 emergency progresses, please visit the Department of Building Inspection website regularly to be updated on the current situation as it affects the hearing process and the Building Inspection Commission.

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 THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE TASK FORCE AT CITY HALL, 1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 244 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. OFFICE (415) 554-7724, FAX (415) 554-5163, E-MAIL: sotf@sfgov.org

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, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/ and at the San Francisco Public Library.

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 two 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.

CONTRIBUTION RESTRICTION
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 sfethics.org to learn more about whether your involvement in such matters affects your ability to make political contributions, or contact the Ethics Commission at ethics.commission@sfgov.org or (415) 252-3100.