Board of Examiners

Mission Statement


The Board of Examiners is a group of experts created under Section 105.1 of the San Francisco Building Code. The purpose of the Board is to hear and determine the requests by the public as to whether new materials, new methods or types of construction comply with the standards of safety established by the San Francisco Construction Codes which include San Francisco Building Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code and Mechanical Code. The Board also has the power to determine reasonable interpretation of the provisions of the San Francisco Building Code, and to hear the appeals from the Director's condemnation order involving construction methods, assemblies or materials or where safety is involved.

The Board Members

The Board is composed of 13 members appointed by the Building Inspection Commission and two ex-officio members. Terms will expire September 15, 2022. Currently, the Board Members consist of the following:


Manuel Flores, Chairperson

Building Trade Seat

Meng Hsiu Chen, Vice-Chair

Registered Mechanical Engineer Seat

Patrick Buscovich

Registered Structural Engineer Seat

Bradley Sugarman

Licensed Architect Seat

Bahman Ghassemzadeh

General Contractor Seat

Sam H. Alkhatib           

Registered Electrical Engineer Seat

Dan Caracciolo

Licensed Plumbing Contractor Seat

James Reed

Licensed Electrical Contractor Seat

Armin Wolski

Registered Fire Protection Engineer Seat

Michael W. Cashion

Highrise Sprinkler - Building Owner Representative Seat

Jeremiah Schaub

Tenant & Licensed Architect, Civil or Structural Engineer Seat

Randy Collins

Licensed Structural Engineer, Specializes in Seismic Improvements Seat

Michael Robbins

Property Owner & Licensed Architect, Civil or Structural Engineer Seat




Director of DBI or his/her Designee


Chief of Fire Prevention Bureau SFFD


How to Contact the BOE

Willy Yau, Secretary to the Board of Examiners, may be reached at:

Board of Examiners
Department of Building Inspection
49 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(628) 652-3776 FAX (628) 652-3737


The Board of Examiners meets when specific cases are submitted for review. Meetings are chaired by the Board Chairperson. A special meeting may be called by the Chair or by a majority of the Board Members in accordance with notice requirements.

Disability Accommodations

To request assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, readers, large print agendas, or other accommodations, please contact Willy Yau 628-652-3776 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 Willy Yau 628-652-3776 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. The agendas are also available by contacting Willy Yau, Board Secretary at 628-652-3776 and on the Department's website at under the Calendar link.


Minutes are posted on the Department's website under the Calendar link 10 days after the meeting date.