April 9th, 2010
By Henry Karnilowicz
There was a BIC (Building Inspection Commission) meeting on June 16 and the agenda included an update on the financial condition of DBI.
Of the new positions that DBI requested, as well as DBI projects, are recommended to be cut. Six inspectors, one chief clerk, one senior systems analyst, three principal clerks, of which two were for conversion projects.
They are also recommending that the vacancies that DBI has, of which they are limited duration, holding for attrition along with analysts’ not be funded.
The impact of that is that DBI has fewer positions and less attrition. they are also recommending eliminating one of DBI managers.
What is alarming, however, is that they have cut $3.5 million even though DBI provided them with substantial justification.
Another item on the agenda was gray water. One of the biggest changes is plans and permit requirement for systems that use gray water beyond just from a washing machine. Out of the 12 to 14 requests six were installed. They provided plans, documentation, and were permitted. The others that were requested, once they realized the system was not what they thought, decided to not proceed.
Of the many reason gray water is not being recycled is because of cost to implement. There is also the need for installing pumps and then there is the health issue when a building is located on a hillside.
The PAC (Public Advisory Committee) meeting was on the same day in the afternoon.
The main item on the agenda was the implementation of deferred development impact fees, which will come into effect on July 1. To do this DBI is requiring eight sets of plans that will get distributed to the various agencies and divisions and then two final sets of plans will be sent to planning and then DBI will have a team to stamp the final two sets of plans. The option will be to defer fees until the first TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) is issued. A small fee will be charged to defer the impact fees.
Director Day said that three million dollars has been cut from the budget however there is six million dollars set aside for providing a permit tracking system.
On another matter. The EPA is requiring certification of contractors who are involved in the demolition and or restoration of buildings built prior to 1978. The penalty is $37,500 for each occasion. For more information go to: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/design-build/construction/lead-safe-practices/lead-paint-rule.aspx.
There are numerous companies providing classes for certification. They all charge $300.00 for an all day class. I just finished a class offered by Contractor Manager in Corte Madera. If you wish contact them at CMservices@aol.com or call 415-924-9031.