Friday, August 29, 2014

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection - Document Disabled Access for Tenant Improvments

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Mark Walls, Senior Building Inspector at the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (DBI), advises all BOMA members who are pulling tenant improvement permits to make sure the tenant is complying with Administrative Bulletin 056 dealing with Documenting Disabled Access. Click here to review it.

Having the Disabled Access Compliance Status Documentation path of travel certificate, as issued by DBI, greatly facilitates the plan check process - especially for those over-the-counter projects. Inspector Walls further advises that having the certificate will not only save the applicant time and money (either new or existing tenant or their design professional) in reproducing or obtaining Path-of-Travel drawings from either the building manager or the base building architect, but it can eliminate the potential for contractual issues that arise when tenants are required to spent additional monies on accessibility upgrades outside of their leasable space. Having an AB-056 certificate on file and active with DBI will benefit property owners and their representatives in the ongoing process of leasing and improving their commercial real estate in San Francisco.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Mark Walls at (415) 575-6918.

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