Building Inspection Commission (BIC) meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

In this page:


    1. Call to order and roll call
    2. Findings to allow teleconferenced meetings

      The Commission will discuss California Government Code Section 54953(e) and possibly adopt a resolution setting forth findings required under Assembly Bill 361 that would allow the BIC to hold meetings, or for Commissioners to attend meetings, when necessary remotely according to the modified Brown Act teleconferencing set forth in AB 361.

    3. President’s opening remarks
    4. Director's Report

      a. Director’s Update [Director O’Riordan]

      b. Update on major projects.

      c. Update on DBI’s finances.

      d. Update on proposed or recently enacted State or local legislation.

      e. Update on Inspection Services.

    5. General public comment

      The BIC will take public comment on matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction that are not part of this agenda.

    6. Nominations Subcommittee

      a. Update from the Nominations Subcommittee.

      b. Review and possible action to make recommendations to the Building Inspection Commission regarding appointments and reappointments to the Board of Examiners (BOE). (Terms to Expire September 15, 2025.)

      Members seeking appointment:
      • Daniel Sullivan, Building Owner Representative seat
      • Randy Collins, Licensed Structural Engineer seat
      • David Kane, Licensed Structural Engineer Specializes in Seismic Improvements seat

      Seat that remains vacant and have not received applications:
      • Tenant Licensed as an Architect or Engineer

      c. Review and possible action to make recommendations to the Building Inspection Commission regarding appointments to the Code Advisory Committee (CAC). (Term to Expire August 10, 2025.)

      Member seeking appointment:
      • John Tostanoski, Mechanical Engineer/ Contractor seat

      Seat that remains vacant and have not received applications:
      • A Person Qualified in the Area of Historical Preservation

      d. Review and possible action to make recommendations to the Building Inspection Commission regarding reappointments to the Access Appeals Commission (AAC). (Terms to Expire November 1, 2026.)

      Members seeking reappointment:
      • Kevin Birmingham, Public Member seat
      • Arnie Lerner, A Person Experienced in Construction seat

      Seat that remains vacant and seeking applicants:
      • A Person Experienced in Construction seat

    7. Discussion and possible action to appoint Commissioners to serve on the Nominations Subcommittee.
    8. Update from the Code Advisory Committee (CAC)
    9. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed changes to Administrative Bulletin AB-004 “Priority Permit Processing Guidelines”
    10. Update regarding the status of the Department of Building Inspection’s (DBI) 5-Year Strategic Plan
    11. Discussion regarding a fee study for the Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
    12. Update regarding the Client Services Subcommittee
    13. Commissioner’s Questions and Matters

      a. Inquiries to Staff. At this time, Commissioners may make inquiries to staff regarding various documents, policies, practices, and procedures, which are of interest to the Commission.

      b. Future Meetings/Agendas. At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Building Inspection Commission.

    14. Review and approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 19, 2022.
    15. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    9:30 am

    City Hall

    1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place
    Room 416
    San Francisco, CA 94102
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    Public Comment call-in number

    Access Code: 2481 187 3260, then press #

    To raise your hand for public comment on a specific agenda item press *3 when prompted by the meeting moderator.


    Building Inspection Commission Agenda 11-16-2022

    Submit a public comment before the meeting

    Submit a public comment before the meeting

    If you cannot attend live, you may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the BIC Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at

    Comments submitted by 5 pm the Tuesday before the meeting will be included in the record. These written comments shall be made a part of the official public record and these comments will be brought to the attention of the members of the Building Inspection Commission. (Twenty copies are necessary.) This is pursuant to Section 67.7-1(c) of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

    Call in and make a public comment during the meeting

    Call in and make a public comment during the meeting

    Each member of the public may address the Commission once for up to two minutes on any agenda item.

    Follow these steps to call in

    • Call 415-655-0001 and enter the meeting ID
    • Press #
    • Press # again to be connected to the meeting (you will hear a beep)

    Make a public comment 

    • After you've joined the call, listen to the meeting and wait until it's time for public comment
    • When the clerk announces it's time for public comment, dial *3 to get added to the speaker line
    • You will hear “You have raised your hand to ask a question. Please wait to speak until the host calls on you"
    • When you hear "Your line has been unmuted," you can make your public comment

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    • Make sure you're in a quiet place
    • Speak slowly and clearly
    • Turn off any TVs or radios

    Sunshine Ordinance

    Sunshine Ordinance

    Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

    For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force:

    • By mail at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
    • By phone at 415-554-7854
    • By email at

    Mission Statement

    Mission Statement

    As a policy-making and supervisory body mandated by the City Charter, the seven-member citizen Building Inspection Commission will manage the Department of Building Inspection and the bodies subordinate to the Commission by overseeing the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of the City and County’s Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical Codes, along with Disability Access Regulations.

    Disability access for in-person meetings

    Disability access for in-person meetings

    The meeting will be held at the City Hall Building, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, 4th Floor, Room 416.

    The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at 8th (at the United Nations Plaza) and Market Streets.

    Accessible MUNI/Metro lines servicing this location are the J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean view, and N-Judah at Van Ness and Civic Center Stations; 9-San Bruno, 71-Haight, and 42-Downtown bus lines. For information about MUNI accessible services, call 415-923-6142.

    The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Accessible curbside parking spaces have been designated on the Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street perimeters of City Hall for mobility-impaired persons. There is accessible parking available within the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at the corner of McAllister and Polk Streets, and within the Performing Arts Parking Garage at Grove and Franklin Streets.

    Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available. Assistive Listening devices will be available at the meeting.

    To request a sign language interpreter, reader, materials in alternative formats, or other accommodations for a disability, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris 628-652-3510. Providing 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

    Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call 628-652-3510 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such persons, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

    Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices

    Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices

    The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair or the Interim Chair may order the removal from the meeting of anyone responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

    Language access

    Language access

    To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at 628-652-3510 or by email at at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

    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.



    Minutes are posted online 10 days after approval by the BIC.

    Lobbying activity

    Lobbying activity

    Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance to register and report lobbying activity.

    For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, contact the Ethics Commission:

    • Mail: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102
    • Telephone: 415-252-3100
    • Fax 415-252- 3112
    • Website:

    Political contributions

    Political contributions

    SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code section 1.127 prohibits any person with a financial interest in certain land use matters from making a political contribution to any committee controlled by an individual currently holding, or seeking election to, the office of Mayor, Supervisor, or City Attorney.
    Solicitation or acceptance of such a contribution is also prohibited.

    Be aware that certain matters pending before or acted upon by the Building Inspection Commission may constitute land use matters under section 1.127.

    Please visit to learn more about whether your involvement in such matters affects your ability to make political contributions, or contact the Ethics Commission at or 415-252-3100.

    Ramaytush Ohlone Land acknowledgement

    Ramaytush Ohlone Land acknowledgement

    The Building Inspection Commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the Ancestors, Elders, and Relatives of the Ramaytush Ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples.

    Last updated November 17, 2022