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If you are remodeling your home in San Francisco, what are the reasons that a neighbor can object to the remodel?

Asked by Trulia San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Thu Apr 18, 2013

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Both adjacent and nearby owners and renters can object to construction they don't know about, i.e., no permit posted. This is risky for those who are doing work WITHOUT permit as they risk a stop-work order and all kinds of problems and fines then. Other reasons: noise, messiness, unsafe conditions.

Also even if work is permitted, if work is being done is disruptive outside of agreed-upon hours neighbors may complain.

San Francisco is a special place (densely populated one at that) where everyone has a say; oftentimes passionately so. Once a complaint is lodged things can get tied-up administratively and relationships can deteriorate rapidly. Compromise is a better solution if possible. So, whether you're being disruptive or being disrupted.
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The biggest reason will be nuissance, such as noise, debris. If that happens, the neighbors usually call the Department of Building Inspection and fill a complaint. An inspector is required to follow up and they record the complaint. If you dont have permits, a violation will be recorded against your property and you will be fined. If you have a permit, you have to make sure that you follow up with the DBI and have that complaint cleared.

As Realtor, I always check the DBI website and I am amazed that sometimes the homeowners don't even know that there is a complaint or violation recorded on their property.

Alina Aeby- Broker Associate
Pacific Union/Christie's International Real Estate
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