For Immediate Release - July 20 2006


Contact: William Strawn, 415/558-6250







San Francisco, CA., July 20, 2006: In an ongoing effort to improve efficiencies and reduce the time required to review and approve an estimated 60,000 construction and renovation permits processed annually, the City’s Department of Building Inspection (DBI) today announced its distribution of a request for proposal (RFP) that seeks qualified bidders capable of meeting City specifications.  RFP details may be found as of 5 p.m. today on either, or on

index.aspx. Project Director, Sam Kwong, also may be reached at Tel. 415/575-6905.



“We’re at a point where the old systems have been outstripped by current business demands,” explained Kwong, DBI’s Senior Systems Manager responsible for the new integrated Permit Tracking System (PTS).  “This RFP is the first of two leading to a turn-key, off-the-shelf, solution integrating complex permitting functions between DBI and City Planning in the initial phase of operations.


“Once this ‘core’ PTS is up and running,” Kwong added, “we’ll then move forward to provide real-time interfaces with all City departments involved in the City’s inspection and permitting procedures.”


DBI Acting Director Amy Lee noted, “The new PTS is a vital step forward in Mayor Newsom’s priority commitment to crucial areas of public safety.  This RFP will enable us to identify and select a qualified bidder in the next few months, and help implement a more effective integrated PTS within DBI’s targeted timeframe.”


DBI’s timeline for its integrated PTS is projected to reach the contract award phase by late October, and to produce its first deliverable – a new Street Addressing Management System – by July 2007.


When fully implemented, the new integrated PTS will enable DBI to improve its customer services, provide transparency and accountability, reduce permit processing time and produce consolidated reporting and tracking across multiple departmental boundaries.  It also will enhance data security, and provide systemic tools that will improve department-wide staff performances.         


The Department of Building Inspection’s mission is to oversee the effective, efficient, fairPage Two/DBI Issues RFP for New Integrated Permit Tracking System


and safe enforcement of the City and County of San Francisco’s building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes.  Under the direction and management of the seven-member citizen Building Inspection Commission, the department’s Director and staff provide the professional expertise and services required to oversee San Francisco’s nearly 150,000-unit building inventory.


For more information, please contact William Strawn, Communications Manager, at Telephone 415/558-6250 and visit DBI’s web site,

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