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To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

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  • building permit required in San Francisco?

    Hello,

    We are in process of getting the Giardino 70 this Wednesday. I need to know if we are required to obtain the building permit for wood fired oven installation in the backyard?

    Regards
    Melody

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    Re: building permit required in San Francisco?

    Only your local city hall or code enforcement office can tell you for sure. All it takes is a phone call, or two, or three. You may have to explain exactly what it is, many have no experience with WFOs, then classify them as BBQs, which usually don't have any code requirements, except national fire code compliance. Do not take our word for it, make the calls and be sure to document who and when you talked to them.

    RT

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    • #3
      Re: building permit required in San Francisco?

      I called City of SF>bldg permit dept and Im gonna copy and paste the body of their response in case if anyone in SF isnt sure about needing the permit for wood fired oven in the backyard.

      "It is my understanding that outdoor barbecues, grills, ovens, fireplaces,
      etc. are not regulated by the Building Code and are not within the
      jurisdiction of the Department of Building Inspection. Barbecues and other
      outdoor fuel-burning appliances may be regulated under the Fire Code and by
      the Bay Area Air Quality District."


      Melody

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      • #4
        Re: building permit required in San Francisco?

        I looked into it and RT is correct, they didn't have a clue. They finally got back to me and said to come down and give them the minimum $65.00 because no inspection was required - what a joke. I did talk to the fire marshal and the required setback is 10 feet from any combustible material. That is here, it may be different where you are located.

        Les...
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        • #5
          Re: building permit required in San Francisco?

          Hi all,

          I called City of SF>Bldg Permit Dept and got this info via email.

          "It is my understanding that outdoor barbecues, grills, ovens, fireplaces,
          etc. are not regulated by the Building Code and are not within the
          jurisdiction of the Department of Building Inspection. Barbecues and other
          outdoor fuel-burning appliances may be regulated under the Fire Code and by
          the Bay Area Air Quality District."
          Thank you,
          Laurence Kornfield
          Deputy Director for Permit Services
          Department of Building Inspection
          City and County of San Francisco
          415-558-6244 office
          415-558-6438 fax

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          • #6
            Re: building permit required in San Francisco?

            In the city where I live, I was told that I did not need one. Was told to talk to the Fire Department and they said only requirement was to have a spark arrester on top the chimmney
            Toby

            Columbus, NE

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