Legislative package will grant the City Attorney and the Department of Building Inspection greater authority to pursue code violations, unify the code enforcement processes for all departments to create more accountability, and create a revolving loan fund for small property owners to bring buildings up to code
San Francisco, CA-- Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce code enforcement reform legislation to improve San Francisco’s code enforcement process, strengthen the City’s ability to crack down on serial code violators, and help code violators who want to correct their violations but cannot afford to do so. San Francisco’s current code enforcement process lacks coordination among different departments charged with inspecting and enforcing codes to keep San Francisco’s building stock safe and habitable, and creates accountability gaps that prevents the city from addressing significant violations of the Buildings, Fire, Health, and Planning Codes.
The legislation grants the City Attorney’s Office and the Department of Building Inspection more tools to enforce code violations, while harmonizing code inspection and enforcement processes across different city codes to ensure greater accountability and coordination among city departments. For example, the legislation allows the City Attorney’s Office to file suit against code violators without a formal referral from a city department; currently, some departments refer almost no code violations, even serious and longstanding violations, for litigation.
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