From the Chronicle:
“A full 588 days since the permits were first submitted Engelbrecht is still waiting to receive permission to demolish the water-damaged, ramshackle 1960s house that stands on the site of their dream house [in Bernal]. In mid-December they learned that after being on the verge of getting approval they were kicked back because of their failure to check a box on a form about the number of stories of the building.”
“City coffers have been hurting since the dot-com bust, and many departments have reduced staffing, which in turn makes getting permits more arduous and time-consuming.”
And yes, we know there are (at least) two sides to every story.
UPDATE: A “plugged in” SocketSite reader notes that there’s more to the story (and delay) than was reported (“…it appears the final drawings did not match the site permit drawings and had to be sent back to Planning.”). This would be one of those ‘other sides’ to which we were referring.
∙ Permit hell is getting worse for San Francisco remodelers… [SFGate]