Wednesday, February 15, 2017

San Francisco Permit Process Flowchart

Have you ever wondered why the permit process in San Francisco is so confusing?  Here's why (see image).  With a little assistance from my web developer, we mapped out a flowchart of the process.  Once we had the steps in place, we stacked the decision tree vertically.  There are a lot of steps.  From a pure usability standpoint, San Francisco's permit process is a nightmare.  Keep in mind this is a simplified flowchart, we didn't chart other city agencies such as mechanical plan check, PUC, BSM, etc.  And clients wonder why it's so expensive to build in this town!

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