DBI Director Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O.

Tom Hui, DirectorTom C. Hui is the Department of Building Inspection’s permanent Director, effective September 26, 2013.  He is a Certified Building Official (C.B.O.), California Building Plans Examiner; a registered Civil and Structural Engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering; a member of the CALBO Structural Safety Committee, and the International Code Council (ICC) Major Jurisdiction Committee; and the recipient of numerous awards throughout his public service career, including Employee of the Year in 1992 by the Public Utilities Commission’s Engineering Bureau, Outstanding Performance in 1993 by MUNI, and recipient of the Merit Award for Outstanding Performance in 1995 by DPW’s Bureau of Engineering. He also has been promoted frequently for outstanding performance throughout his tenure within DBI.

Hui began his San Francisco public service career in October 1989 – the day before the Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco -- with the Public Utilities Commission’s Engineering Bureau. Prior to joining the City and County, he served in the private sector where he performed both Civil and Structural engineering design work for more than 11 years. In addition to his work at the SFPUC, Hui also has served in various engineering leadership positions at MUNI and DPW.  With his extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Hui is a great asset to DBI, which he joined as a member of its Plan Check Engineering Team in 1996.

Hui holds numerous technical certifications and a wide range of International Code Committee (ICC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) credentials. These include ICC Certifications in Emergency Management and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  He also has served as an Expert Examiner for the State of California in Structural Engineering Licensing, as well as a Technical Expert for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Hui is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEONC), and of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Hui and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, a son, and a granddaughter.