“We don’t need no stinkin’ permit”
The word “permit” strikes terror in San Francisco homeowners, home sellers, and DIY landlords.
“What will a permit cost?” “Will the inspector find a violation and fine me?” “How long will it hold up my project?”
Such scary thoughts quickly lead to fantasy thoughts, such as: “Surely that doesn’t require a permit.” “How would they know?” “I bet the handyman could do that for cheap… and quietly.”
Well… number one: don’t take the chance. But, number two: not everything needs a permit!
Here are 12 San Francisco Home Projects That Do Not Require A Building Permit:
- One story detached accessory buildings such as sheds, workshops, and playhouses which have roof areas that do not exceed 100 sq. ft.
- Plastic, metal or wood fences no higher than 6 ft. that are located at the rear and side property line.
- Mobile cases, cabinets or partitions not over 5 ft. 9 in. in height. (kitchen cabinets do)
- Retaining walls not over 4 ft. in high from the top of the wall to the bottom of the footing. (not supporting weight). For example: terraced garden.
- Fences not over 3 ft. along the front of a lot.
- Re-roofing without the installation, repair or removal of roof sheathing, if the surface area of the roof being worked on does not exceed 25% of the entire surface area of the roof.
- Installations and replacements of floor covering not requiring the removal of floor sheathing, except bathrooms and water closets.
- Replacement of doors, except garage doors in all occupancy provided they are not required to be fire resistant assemblies.
- Platforms or walkway when not supporting part of an exit and not more than 30 in. above grade.
- No more than 200 sq. ft. of paving or ground cover (areas over 200 sq. ft. require a plumbing permit)
- Minor repairs to existing interior plaster when not part of a fire resistant assembly.
- Interior and exterior painting when not affecting a structural integrity of the building.