DECEMBER 4, 2021

Without reaching out to design professionals, Information Sheet EG-02 Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings to Yard for R-3 Occupancies was suspended for permits filed after 10/22/2021. It is not uncommon in San Francisco for there to be lots that are shallow with rear yards that are less than 20 feet. 

Suspending Information Sheet EG-02 will have a huge impact on many residential expansion projects, particularly ADU and UDU projects.

I urge you to be at the virtual Code Advisory Committee regular meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. If you have any questions, please email Ken Hu at

The Agenda can be viewed HERE. See item #6.

Please note that the start time of this meeting is 9:30 a.m.
PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN: 1-415-655-0001 / Access Code: 2490 452 2572

In other news: Blue Beam seems to be for MAC users, so if you are a MAC user and you are having an issue with Blue Beam, then this is the time speak up.


Dear DBI Customers,

We want to hear from you! 

As part of our ongoing Reform Initiatives to improve our service and operations, we are inviting you to complete the anonymous survey below about your experience working with DBI.

The ten-question survey should take less than five minutes of your time and will provide us with valuable insight on what’s working and what needs more attention at DBI. The survey closes on December 15, so please share your views today! Thank you!

We also want to highlight the City’s “First Year Free” program to support and revive San Francisco’s small businesses as we recover from the pandemic. The program waives the cost of initial registration fees, initial license fees, first-year permit, and other applicable fees for qualifying new businesses and new locations of existing businesses.

Finally, we continue to upgrade and improve our webpages with simplified directions, better resources, and a cleaner format. We still have work to do, but hope you are finding the updated pages helpful. 

Here are a few of the new pages we’ve launched over the past six months:

Thank you for your support and partnership. Please be sure to complete the customer satisfaction survey!
Henry Karnilowicz
Consulting Design Construction Management
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San Francisco, CA 94103-2806
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President Emeritus
San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations

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