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.
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