To serve the City and County of San Francisco and the general public by ensuring that life and property within the City and County are safeguarded, and to provide a public forum for community involvement in that process.
As a policy-making and supervisory body mandated by the City Charter, the seven member citizen Building Inspection Commission (BIC) will manage the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) and the bodies subordinate to the Commission by overseeing the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of the City and County's Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Codes, along with Disability Access Regulations.
The San Francisco Building Inspection Commission and the Department of Building Inspection were created by voter referendum in 1994. The BIC was designed to provide representation for the various communities, which interact with the Building Department. The seven different commission slots are filled by a structural engineer, a licensed architect, a residential tenant, a residential builder, a residential landlord, a community based non-profit housing developer, and a member of the general public at large. The BIC appoints the Director of DBI, sets policy, hears various appeals on issues leading up to the issuance of building permits, sits as the Abatement Appeals Board to hear appeals of Director's Orders of Abatement, and provides a public forum through their monthly meetings.
The Mayor appoints four positions and the President of the Board of Supervisors appoints three. Currently, the Building Inspection Commission consists of the following:
Angus McCarthy, President
Warren Mar, Vice-President
Dr. James McCray, Jr.
Sonya Harris, Secretary to the Building Inspection Commission, may be reached at:
Building Inspection Commission
Department of Building Inspection
1660 Mission Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-2414
(415) 558-6164, FAX (415) 558-6509
The BIC meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are accessible, open to the public, are aired live on SFGTV Channel 78 and SFGTV website, and are held commencing at 9:00 a.m. at:
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416
San Francisco, CA 94102
Video on Demand on BIC meetings are also available on SFGTV.
City Hall is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and other assistive mobility devices. Ramps are available at the Grove, Van Ness and McAllister entrances.
To request assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, readers, large print agendas, or other accommodations, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris at (415) 558-6164, or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.
For questions about the Language Access Ordinance, please contact OCEIA at (415) 581-2360 and ask for the Executive Director or Language Access Compliance Officer. Language Assistance: To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at (415) 558-6164 or by email at email@example.com at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.
The Agenda is published on the Friday before the regularly scheduled meeting. Agendas are posted on the Department's website www.sfdbi.org under Agendas & Minutes, the Main Library in the Government Documents section, the Bulletin Board located at the ground floor elevator lobby of 1660 Mission Street, the bulletin board outside of Room 416 at City Hall, and are also available by contacting Sonya Harris, Commission Secretary at (415) 558-6164.
Minutes are posted on the Department's website www.sfdbi.org under the Agenda and Minutes link 10 days after approval by the BIC.