The single-family Sunnyside home at 698 Joost Avenue was purchased for $705,000 without a garage or off-street parking space in January of last year.
Last month, the buyer of the home met with San Francisco’s Planning Department to discuss excavating the home’s sloped lot using Excavation Contractors to build a parking space and was informed that his plans would be challenging to get approved and would require a public hearing and variance from the City’s Planning Code.
That being said, if he plans ever did get approved then there is a lot of planning that would need to be involved in this sort of project. No matter how big the plan is they would need to consider things like whether dry hiring is worthwhile (you can find dry hire explained here for more information), how they would dig up the land and what the best course of action would be so nothing important got destroyed.
And so, without an approved plan or permit in hand, it appears as though the owner simply engaged a Marin-based landscaping company to start excavating the home’s yard and reroute it’s sewer line in order to create a coveted, and completely illegal, off-street parking space. When it comes to having to replace and repair the sewer line, it is important that you have the necessary planning permission. This is because this sort of work can disrupt the houses and buildings that surround the area, so informing the relevant authorities before starting the project is paramount.
A complaint about the unpermitted work was filed with the City’s Department of Building Inspection over a week ago, but despite the size of the excavation, its proximity to foundations and utilities, and a forecast for rain this week (which could erode the hill and create a mess), a building inspector has yet to visit the site and work continues.
But hey, who’s going to notice and what could possibly go wrong?
We’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Within an hour of our story going live, a Building Inspector was on-site and a Notice of Violation was issued. As such, the homeowner will have 15 days to secure a permit or potentially be order to restore the slope. And technically, until a permit is secured, no further work is allowed (not that it was before).
UPDATE And with respect to that pesky No Parking sign which would make it difficult to pull into the newly dug spot, apparently it was moved soon after the inspector departed:
In for a penny…