replacements in San Francisco require a Building Permit. As
part of that process one must get both Planning
Department and Building Department approval.
Note: These are two separate department.
your house originally (not what is there now) had
wood windows, or if your building is over 50 years
old, the requirement on window replacement is more
strict, requiring approval of the
"Preservation" section (with more
restrictive hours) within the Planning Department.
can be conflicts between what the Planning
Department would like and what the Building
as noted in the Residential
Guidelines many situations are handled
on a "case by case" basis. This
means there is a gray area and what one planner
may approve, another may not.
windows visible from the street, there are three primary
factors involved in the permit process:
age of your building
location within the city
planner that reviews your application
windows not visible from the street, vinyl is often
If your building is over 50 years old but have original
aluminum or steel windows, the planning department has
deemed your building to be potentially
"historic" and you may be required to replace
them with non-efficient aluminum windows.
Window offers both "locally manufactured" wood windows
and wood and woodclad windows from leading manufacturers such as Andersen, Marvin,
Pella, Sierra Pacific and Jeld-wen. We can guide you through
the pros and cons of wood versus woodclad and the designs of these
windows as well as how those designs impact a replacement
We also offer wood clad windows from the above
manufacturers and can guide you through the
pros and cons of each.
When it comes to
replacing windows in San Francisco, you will want a contractor
with the knowledge and experience of a-TaylorMade Window.