KWAN DESIGN ARCHITECTS
is a San Francisco architecture firm, practicing user centered design for commercial and residential projects.
San Francisco now has a mandatory program to make all commercial business entrance accessible for wheelchair. In 2016, Ordinance No. 51-16 was passed which requires existing buildings with a place of “public accommodation” to have all primary entrances accessible for people with disabilities. Click here for more information and we can help you to comply with this requirement.
If you want to renovate an existing commercial space, most likely you will be obligated by the "California Building Code" and the "Americans with Disability Act" (ADA) which is a civil rights law to upgrade your accessibility features such as handicapped parking, main entry, the "Path of Travel" from main entry to the "Area of Primary Function" of the space. As a building owner or tenant, you have been obligated to do so since 1990 when the “Americans with Disabilities Act” has been in effect. Most commercial and civic buildings are affected by this federal law in some form or another. (more…)
The following are general guideline regarding fences and planting in San Francisco properties.
San Francisco regulations on fences are based on the location of the fences on the property and required yards and setbacks. All San Francisco residential districts have rear yard requirements and some districts have side yard and front setback requirements. Some San Francisco commercial districts have rear yard requirement and in any commercial, industrial or mixed use district have residential use at the first story. (more…)