BDS offers several types of early assistance meetings before submittal of a land use review or building permit application, including Pre-Application Conferences, Design Advice Requests and Early Assistance appointments.
A Pre-Application Conference provides the applicant with information on submittal requirements, procedures, and regulations that apply to a project. Pre-Application Conferences are required for all Type III and IV land use reviews, prior to submittal of a land use review application. The conference is attended by a BDS planner as well as reviewers from other city bureaus such as Transportation, Water, Fire and Environmental Services. A courtesy notification of Pre-Application Conferences is sent to the associated neighborhood association and district coalition. Anybody is welcome to attend and observe these meetings.
A Design Advice Request allows an applicant to request design advice from the Design Commission or Historic Landmarks Commission prior to submitting a Design Review or Historic Resource Review application. Design Advice Requests are optional. Because these occur at public commission meetings, anybody may attend and public testimony is accepted.
One type of Early Assistance appointment allows applicants to meet with reviewers to help them prepare a complete proposal, inform them of the procedures and requirements of the City code, and identify policies or regulations that create opportunities or problems for the proposal. These meetings are not open to the public, but you can request notes from the meeting from the planner assigned.