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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.
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
Fiscal Year 2011-12
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.
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.
The Building Inspection Commission provides policy direction to the Department of Building Inspection. DBI is managed by Acting Director Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O., who reports to the Building Inspection Commission. Acting Director Hui is supported by Pamela Levin, Deputy Director of Administrative Services, Edward Sweeney, Acting Deputy Director of Permit Services, and Daniel Lowrey, Acting Deputy Director of Inspection Services.
Permit and Inspection Activity for 2011-2012
Number of Permits Issued
22,059 Building Permits
13,657 Electrical Permits
15,017 Plumbing Permits
4,709 Miscellaneous Permits
Number of Inspections
50,224 Building Inspections
3,284 Code Enforcement Inspections
33,296 Electrical Inspections
11,172 Housing Inspections
27,514 Plumbing Inspections