Update on Emergency Escape for R-3 Occupancies

The Department of Building Inspection and the San Francisco Fire Department have drafted a new Information Sheet EG-02, which provides guidelines for R-3 projects that are unable to meet the […]

housing fees

State Takes Aim at Housing Fees and Permit Delays

After a productive legislative year in 2021, the state legislature is continuing to tackle California’s ongoing challenges related to the housing crisis and lengthy processing times. Two bills would aim […]


To Fourplex or Not to Fourplex

Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which took effect January 1, 2022, enables property owners to split their single-family residential lot into two separate lots and build up to two new […]


Density Bonus Law & CEQA Tiering Upheld

This winter, two California Courts of Appeal issued decisions that reaffirm some of the positive aspects of state laws related to housing production, from both a CEQA perspective and via […]


Planning Commission Considering EV Charging Regulations

This Thursday, the San Francisco Planning Commission will consider an ordinance that would amend the Planning Code to address electric vehicle (“EV”) charging uses. The Planning Code does not contemplate […]


Berkeley Adopts New Zoning Ordinance

On December 1, 2021, the City of Berkeley adopted a new Zoning Ordinance (Title 23 of the Berkeley Municipal Code), the first major revision of the City’s Zoning Ordinance since […]

Group Housing

Planning Commission Considers Changes to Group Housing

On February 10th, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend its approval (with modifications) of two proposed ordinances that could bring big changes for Group Housing citywide. In […]

Large Residence

San Francisco’s New Large Residence Legislation Unveiled

This past Monday, the Land Use and Transportation Committee unanimously voted to recommend a new scaled-back version of Supervisor Mandelman’s proposed Large Residence Legislation (the “Legislation”) that could greatly affect […]


San Francisco Façade Safety Requirements

In 2016, the San Francisco Building Code (“Code”) was amended to require that the façades of certain buildings of five or more stories be inspected periodically by a licensed architect […]


The Basics: Construction Logistics Agreements

Real estate developers often require agreements from neighboring property owners to coordinate logistical issues during construction. This is particularly true for infill projects in dense urban neighborhoods, where structures are […]

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