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Patrick O'Riordan, C.B.O., Interim Director
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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 (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 Interim Director Patrick O'Riordan, who reports to the Building Inspection Commission. Interim Director O'Riordan is supported by Christine Gasparac, Assistant Director; Joseph Duffy, Deputy Director of Inspection Services; Neville Pereira, Deputy Director of Permit Services; and Taras Madison, Deputy Director of Administrative Services.



Permit and Inspection Activity for 2018-2019

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Number of Permits Issued

71,700 Total Permits Issued

27,942 Building Permits

15,826 Electrical Permits

18,425 Plumbing Permits

8,943 Miscellaneous Permits

Construction Valuation


Number of Inspections

159,900 Total Inspections Performed

66,648 Building Inspections

3,368 Code Enforcement Inspections

39,735 Electrical Inspections

12,134 Housing Inspections

38,064 Plumbing Inspections