About Us

Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O., Director
DBI At-A-Glance
DBI Organizational Charts 
Statement of Incompatible Activities

 

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  Ron Tom, Assistant Director, 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 2016-2017

View our latest Annual Report

Employees

279

Number of Permits Issued

66,992

26,239 Building Permits

15,221 Electrical Permits

18,136 Plumbing Permits

7,396 Miscellaneous Permits

Construction Valuation

$5,000,000,000

Number of Inspections
 

156,441

62,836 Building Inspections

1,452 Code Enforcement Inspections

41,932 Electrical Inspections

14,601 Housing Inspections

35,620 Plumbing Inspections