Department of Building Inspection Annual Report - Page 5

Dear Customers and Stakeholders, As San Francisco's building boom continues, DBI remains at the forefront of that boom by protecting building and life safety through the issuance of permits, reviews of construction plans, and inspections of building, plumbing, electrical, housing and disability access to ensure code compliance. We are moving forward together to make the permit review, approval and issuance process, as well as Inspection Services and Code Enforcement, more customer-friendly and transparent as well as streamlined and efficient with improved staff accountability to ensure greater effectiveness throughout the Department. Angus McCarthy Commission President We are working closely with the Board of Supervisors and Mayor’s Office on legislation to help boost the City's housing stock. Whether it is through the voluntary Accessory Dwelling Unit Program, or the Mandatory Seismic Soft Story Program, we are supporting the safe construction of new and existing code-compliant housing in San Francisco. We are ensuring that owners and residents have the tools and resources they need to live in habitable and safe living conditions. In fiscal year 2014 – 2015, permit issuance increased to 68,000, while the number of inspections conducted also increased to over 154,000 and cost valuations of projects constructed increased to $3.6 billion dollars. Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O. Director These achievements are made possible by DBI’s nearly 300 dedicated professional staff that provide excellent customer service every day to customers and stakeholders. They are instrumental in ensuring that DBI protects building and life safety for all who live, work and visit San Francisco. DBI FY 2014 – 2015 Annual Report 5