Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board


Mission Statement



The purpose of the Board is to hear applications for variance from or interpretations of code requirements for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (UMB), recommend approval or disapproval of new materials, new methods and types of constructions for UMBs, hear appeals from the Director's Abatement Orders for UMBs, review UMB retrofit alteration permits and cost estimate for demolition permits, and assist the Seismic Safety Retrofit Bond Program and Advisory Boards pursuant to the authority granted to the Board under Chapters 16b & 16C of the SFBC.

The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board

The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) and one ex-officio member in accordance with San Francisco Building Code (SFBC) Sect. 105.7.2


Betty Louie, Chair

Owner Seat

Lucia Bogatay, Vice-Chair

Architect Seat

Patrick Buscovich

Structural Engineer Seat

Frank Rollo, Sr.

Geotechnical Engineer Seat

Chad Thompson

Testing Engineer Seat


Bond Board Seat


Civil Engineer Seat


Contractor Seat

Tony Thompson

Tenant Seat

How to Contact the UMB Appeals Board

Gary Ho, Structural Engineer at 558-6083, or Serena Fung at 558-6196.  Secretary of the UMB Appeals Board may be reached at:

UMB Appeals Board
Department of Building Inspection
1660 Mission Street, 2nd Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94103-2414;
Tel. (415) 558-6196, Fax (415) 558-6686


The UMB Appeals Board meets every fourth Friday of the month. Meetings are accessible, open to the public, and are held commencing at 2:00 P.M. at

City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 416

The Board Chairperson chairs meetings. A special meeting may be called by the Chair or by a majority of the Board Members in accordance with the notice requirements.


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. Agendas are also available by contacting Gary Ho, at 558-6083 or the Secretary at 558-6196 and on the Department's website www.sfgov.org/dbi under the Agendas and Minutes link.


Minutes are posted on the Department's website www.sfgov.org/dbi under the Agenda and Minutes link 10 days after approval by the UMB.