Code Advisory Committee


Mission Statement


To preserve and promote the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the public through the regulation of the built environment with codes and standards that are clear, concise, consistent and enforceable, recognizing the unique characteristics of San Francisco, and striking a balance between scientific knowledge and real-world conditions.




The Code Advisory Committee


The Code Advisory Committee (CAC) consists of 17 members who are qualified by training and experience to deliberate and make recommendations on matters pertaining to the development and improvement of the content of the San Francisco Building Code, Mechanical Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, Green Building Code and Housing Code as well as related rules and regulations or proposed ordinances that the Director of the Building Inspection Department determines may have an impact on construction permits. Specific recommendations of this Committee are directed to the Building Inspection Commission for their further action.


The CAC is composed of 17 members appointed by the Building Inspection Commission. The current members and the expiration dates of their seats are:





Stephen Harris, S.E. – Chair

Small Projects Civil Engineer

J. Edgar Fennie Jr., AIA – Vice Chair

Major Projects Architect

Tony Sanchez-Corea, III

General Business Community

Arnie Lerner, AIA

Historic Preservation Architect

Henry Karnilowicz

Commercial Property Owner/Manager


Disability Access Advocate

Jim Reed

Electrical Engineer/Contractor

Brian Salyers

Fire Protection Engineer

Michael Chavez

Major Projects Contractor

Rene Vignos, S.E.

Major Projects Structural Engineer

Robert Wong

Mechanical Engineer/Contractor

Marc Cunningham


Ilene Dick


Jonathan Rodriquez


Kevin Wallace

Remodel Contractor

Ira Dorter

Residential Projects Contractor

Zachary Nathan, AIA

Small Projects Architect

Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O.

Ex-Officio Member

Michie Wong, Fire Marshall

Ex-Officio Member

All Seats Expire August 10, 2019
(Terms are for three years)



How to Contact the CAC

Kirk Means, Secretary to the Code Advisory Committee may be reached at:


Technical Services Division
Department of Building Inspection
1660 Mission Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-2414
(415) 575-6832, FAX (415) 558-6401






The CAC meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month. Each member of the full Committee also serves on a subcommittee.


Disability Accommodations

To request assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, readers, large print agendas, or other accommodations, please contact Kirk Means 415-575-6832 or at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

Language Access

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 Kirk Means 415-575-6832 or at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.




The Agenda is published 72 hours before a regularly scheduled meeting. Agendas are posted at the Main Library in the Government Documents Section, and the Bulletin Board located at the ground floor elevator lobby of 1660 Mission Street. The agendas are also available by contacting Kirk Means, Secretary at 575-6832 and on the Department's website at




Minutes are posted on the Department's website as they become available after the meeting date and/or recordings are available for a small duplication fee.