Board of Examiners

A group of experts that determines if new construction methods or materials comply with safety standards.

In this page:

    Meetings

    Schedule

    The Board of Examiners meets when specific cases are submitted for review.

    Board attendance

    Depending on the subject of the appeal, only members with particular designated seats will be called upon to attend.

    About

    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.

    People

    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, 2025.

     

    Vacant seats:

    • Registered Structural Engineer Seat
    • General Contractor Seat
    • Highrise Sprinkler - Building Owner Representative Seat
    • Tenant & Licensed Architect, Civil or Structural Engineer Seat
    5830,
    Manuel Flores
    Chairperson
    Building Trade Seat
    5830,
    Meng Hsiu Chen
    Vice-Chair
    Registered Mechanical Engineer Seat
    5830,
    Bradley Sugarman
    Licensed Architect Seat
    5830,
    Sam H. Alkhatib
    Registered Electrical Engineer Seat
    5830,
    Dan Caracciolo
    Licensed Plumbing Contractor Seat
    5830,
    James Reed
    Licensed Electrical Contractor Seat
    5830,
    Armin Wolski
    Registered Fire Protection Engineer Seat
    5830,
    Randy Collins
    Licensed Structural Engineer, Specializes in Seismic Improvements Seat
    5830,
    Michael Robbins
    Property Owner and Licensed Architect, Civil or Structural Engineer Seat

    Ex-officio staff

    5830,
    Willy Yau
    Director of DBI designee, secretary
    5830,
    Ken Cofflin
    Fire Marshal

    Contact

    Board of Examiners

    49 South Van Ness Avenue
    5th floor
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    Phone

    Secretary Willy Yau

    628-652-3754