San Francisco Clears ADU Backlog

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San Francisco addresses need for affordable housing by moving more quickly to approve accessory dwelling units.

According to EfficientGov, San Francisco has increased its permitting of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and the city’s Planning Department, Department of Building Inspection, Fire Department, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Public Works developed a process to expedite applications under Mayor London Breeds direction:

“Mayor London N. Breed recently announced that in the six months since she issued an Executive Directive to accelerate the approvals of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as in-law units, the city has cleared its application backlog.

As a result of this action, the city permitted more in-law units than it did in the previous three years when the city’s in-law program was first launched.

The Executive Directive Mayor Breed issued at the end of August called for the backlog of 919 units waiting for approval to be cleared and for all new applications to acted on within four months. It also called on city departments to set clear, objective code standards, and work to improve the application process for people looking to build in-law units. Since then, 439 of the backlogged in-law units have been permitted, over 90 percent of which are subject to rent-control, and the rest of the applications have been reviewed by the relevant departments and are awaiting responses from the applicants.”

Read the full post here.

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