Our Structural Engineer evaluates the inspection and lists both the routine and more critical issues to deal with. Tower maintenance experts perform the actual work; the repairs then are confirmed by an independent quality assurance team.
We work on one of the Tower’s three legs and facings each year for routine maintenance, thus covering the entire tower over three years before starting over. We also do any specific work noted in the annual engineering inspection. Most work involves replacing bolts or scraping away rust and re-painting the scraped areas.
Once a decade, the work includes additional maintenance on deeper, interior elements of the tower, removing the skin of the beams on certain levels and replacing elements as needed.
A report of all Sutro Tower maintenance work is submitted each year to the Department of Building Inspection and posted on our website. Click here to see the safety reports.
The City has permitting authority over the tower and the buildings on the 5.6-acre site through a conditional use permit issued in 1966. In addition, all radio and television broadcasting is regulated by the FCC, and certain other service providers are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.