SF Halts Fee Deferral on Construction

In another nod to San Francisco’s increasingly upbeat economy, the Planning Commission called Thursday for an end to a 3-year-old fee deferral program designed to prop up the then-struggling local construction industry.

“The commission has seen big increases in permit activity,” said AnMarie Rodgers, manager of legislative affairs for the Planning Department. “Certainly everyone agrees that the economic situation is far better now than when the program started.”

The deferral program is slated to end July 1, unless it is renewed by the Board of Supervisors.

Former Mayor Gavin Newsom pushed for the fee deferral program in 2009, with the national economy racked by recession and the number of city building permit requests plummeting.

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