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Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O., Director
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 2013-2014

Employees

257

Number of Permits Issued

65,776

25,512 Building Permits

16,207 Electrical Permits

18,495 Plumbing Permits

5,562 Miscellaneous Permits

Construction Valuation

$3,600,000,000

Number of Inspections
 

150,344

56,504 Building Inspections

4,301 Code Enforcement Inspections

45,021 Electrical Inspections

10,469 Housing Inspections

34,049 Plumbing Inspections

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