What is the first step?
Submit a detailed 20 point checklist created by the San Francisco Building Department.
When are the deadlines to file the checklist?
If your commercial entry door has a flush entry or slight slope (no steps): May 23rd of this year
Are any buildings exempt?
Yes! If your commercial space is inside a building constructed after January 1, 2002, you don't need to do anything.
I still have questions. Where can I get more information on this program?
We've provided links to all the city resources here for your convenience.
Who is responsible for paying for all this work?
According to the City, "Compliance with this ordinance is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner. The ordinance is an addition to the San Francisco Building Code and the code only recognizes the owner of the structure. The ordinance, however, does state that it is not intended to interfere with any existing lease agreements between tenant and owner. If the owner has an existing agreement that the tenant shall pay for any accessible upgrades required, the ordinance does not nullify such agreements. It should be clarified, however, that the Department ultimately holds the property owner responsible for compliance."
After the checklist is filed, then what?
Then your Architect/Engineer must file permits to correct any non-conforming work. There are also deadlines for filing permits and completing the work.
What will I have to do to make the door compliant?
Work may be as simple as replacing door hardware, or may be as complex as replacing the entire storefront system, installing a ramp, or vertical lift. Additionally, sidewalk improvements may be required by DPW to correct any damaged sidewalks.
What if I already have a hardship for the entry from a previous permit?
Unfortunately, you must still submit the checklist. It certainly helps if there is a clear permit history showing City approval for a hardship.
What if I can't afford to make the improvements?
The City has some financial assistance programs available. You can learn more on their site here: http://sfdbi.org/businessentrance-finance