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Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O., Director (PDF)
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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.

THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION
AT-A-GLANCE
Fiscal Year 2011-12

Mission

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, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Disability Access Codes.

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 Gayle Revels, Acting Chief Financial Officer.

Permit and Inspection Activity for 2011-2012
 

Employees
 

226

Number of Permits Issued

55,442

22,059 Building Permits

13,657 Electrical Permits

15,017 Plumbing Permits

4,709 Miscellaneous Permits

Construction Valuation
 

$2,379,548,296.33

Number of Inspections
 

125,490

50,224 Building Inspections

3,284 Code Enforcement Inspections

33,296 Electrical Inspections

11,172 Housing Inspections

27,514 Plumbing Inspections
 

 

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