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About DBI

Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O., Director (PDF)
DBI At-A-Glance 
DBI Organizational Charts 

 

PURPOSE

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

Under the direction and management of the seven-member citizen Building Inspection Commission, to oversee the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of the City and County of San Francisco 's Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Codes, along with the Disability Access Regulations.

BACKGROUND

The Department of Building inspection (DBI) was created by voter referendum under Proposition G in 1994. The charter amendment established the body known as the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) which was designed to provide representation for the various communities which interact with the Building Department.

ORGANIZATION

The Building Inspection Commission provides policy direction to the Department of Building Inspection. DBI is managed by Director Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O., who reports to the Building Inspection Commission. Director Hui is supported by  Edward Sweeney, Deputy Director of Permit Services; Daniel Lowrey, Deputy Director of Inspection Services; and Taras Madison, Deputy Director of Administrative Services.

THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION
AT-A-GLANCE

Permit and Inspection Activity for 2012-2013

 

Employees
 

260

Number of Permits Issued

61,131

24,106 Building Permits

15,023 Electrical Permits

16,834 Plumbing Permits

5,168 Miscellaneous Permits

Construction Valuation
 

$3,536,231,982

Number of Inspections
 

131,212

52,353 Building Inspections

4,116 Code Enforcement Inspections

35,384 Electrical Inspections

8,776 Housing Inspections

30,583 Plumbing Inspections
 

 

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