With Ordinance 18-6 now taking effect, the temporary moratorium requires Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to strictly enforce the City’s Land Use Ordinance (LUO) and pursue post-construction inspections for complaints about construction alterations and illegal uses of large residential structures.
DPP is establishing new procedures to require increased oversight over large residential structures to ensure that owners use the residence in accordance with the LUO. DPP inspectors now issue a Certificate of Completion and a Certificate of Occupancy upon completion of construction and final inspection. When the new procedures are adopted, large residential structures will receive a Certificate of Completion after construction is completed, and a provisional one-year Certificate of Occupancy. During this 12-month period, special DPP inspectors will be assigned to conduct inspections to confirm LUO compliance and investigate potential violations. This is where neighborhood complaints remain an important source of information on whether or not illegal rentals are occurring in single-family neighborhoods.
As the City Council pursues stronger enforcement tools to prevent illegal rentals and monster homes in single- family residential neighborhoods, I have proposed adding $479,340 to the City FY19 operating budget for nine additional building inspector positions to bolster DPP’s enforcement efforts.