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. 


Announcement - Vacant Seats



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, FAIA, CASp

Disability Access Advocate

Henry Karnilowicz

Commercial Property Owner/Manager



Rene Vignos, S.E. Major

Mechanical Engineer/Contractor


Project Structural Engineer

Jim Reed

Electrical Engineer/Contractor

Brian Salyers

Fire Protection Engineer

Don Libbey



Major Projects Contractor


A Person Qualified in the Area of Historical Preservation

Marc Cunningham


Brian Caruso


Jonathan Rodriquez


Gina Centoni

Remodel Contractor

Ira Dorter

Residential Projects Contractor

Zachary Nathan, AIA,CASp

Small Projects Architect

Dan DeCossio, Fire Marshall

Ex-Officio Member

 All Seats Expire August 10, 2025
 (Terms are for three years)


 How to Contact the CAC

Thomas Fessler, Secretary to the Code Advisory Committee may be reached at:


Technical Services Division
Department of Building Inspection
49 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(628) 652-3721, FAX (628) 652-3738




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 Thomas Fessler 628-652-3721or  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 Thomas Fessler 628-652-3721 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 Thomas Fessler, Secretary at 628-652-3721 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.