Message from the Director
Earlier this month, DBI held its third annual Earthquake Safety Fair with great success. Community and government partners along with design and construction trade professionals joined us to prepare San Francisco  property owners for the next big earthquake. 

Over 65 government agencies, contracting and engineering firms provided essential 'Get Ready for the Big One' information at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium , with over 600 owners and renters attend ing our five informative workshops that took place throughout the day. Hands-on emergency training sessions including CPR, external bleeding and Earthquake Response also were well attended . An additional 200 attendees experienced the great force and intensity of an 8.0 magnitude earthquake through the earthquake simulator, Quake Cottage.
I want to thank all who joined us this year to support DBI's efforts to bring the Earthquake Safety Fair again to San Franciscans.  If you weren't able to make it, or you want to access essential information and resources on how to prepare you and your family for the next Big One, please visit

We look forward to seeing you all at our next DBI event! 
Visit daily for breaking building safety news, and Get Ready Now for the Next Big One!


Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O.
Director and Chief Building Official
Tall Building Safety Strategy Summit 

On June 18, over 150 people joined the Department of Emergency Management, the City Administrator's office, DBI and the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning to learn about the City's first-ever safety strategy study on Tall Buildings in San Francisco. At the event, attendees learned what the City is doing to continue to strengthen its building code design requirements; best practices in developing a recovery framework with insights from Seattle and the recent Santa Rosa wildfire disasters; and helpful information on the  State's Safety Assessment (SAP)
and Building Occupancy Resumption (BORP)  programs,  
to help the City rapidly inspect damaged buildings and reduce wait time in enabling reoccup ation of these buildings after an emergency. 

This event kicked off the City's efforts to evaluate and develop next steps relating to the Study's recommendations with continued input from the development, construction and building communities. 

Learn more about the Study and visit
File Exemption Form Within 30-days of Completing Seismic Retrofit Work

In general, construction work performed on your property may impact your property's p rop erty ta xes.  Under CA Prop 13, the market 
value of the incremental alterations or additions to yo ur property will be added to your   total property assessment. However, construction done to seismically strengthen buildings may be eligible for exclusion from reassessment. The  California Revenue and Taxation Code provides an exemption for seismic retrofit for either mandatory or voluntary work! In cases where  more than seismic work is being done, the Assessor-Recorder's Office will review the case and  exclude the retrofit component. Just remember to work with your contractor or engineers and keep clear records of the retrofit work and costs -- and submit a completed exclusion form within 30 days of completing the construction!  

To learn more about this exclusion/tax savings, visit .
Welcome Project Pull Summer Interns!

We'd like to welcome 17 Project Pull interns joining us this summer. As a proud participant in the City's Project Pull program, DBI is happy to have these summer interns join us for the next two months to learn first hand about DBI's important services in protecting building and life safety.  

For more information about this program, visit
Did you attend the fair and would like to provide feedback, please take our survey . Survey closes July 5th. 
Get to Know Our Team

We continue to hire more staff to ensure we are providing the highest le vels of effective and efficient customer services. Please give a big welcome to our newest hires.

Access our staff directory  here.

Michele Nieve
Payroll & Personnel Services
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DBI is the regulatory building safety agency responsible for overseeing the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of building , electrical, plumbing, disability access and housing codes for the City and County of San Francisco's more than 200,000 commercial and residential buildings. 


Read up on our most recent code updates:
  • S-20: Preliminary Guidelines for Review of Geotechnical Reports prepared for Design and Construction of Tall Buildings


Stay up to date on the most recent proposed and passed legislation affecting DBI. Here are some listed below:

File No. 181211 - Amending the Health, Planning and Police codes to streamline small business permits.

File No. 181216 - Amending the Planning Code to increase penalties for violations of the Planning Code and change the administrative enforcement procedure.


If you would like DBI  to attend your association or organization's meeting to discuss the Accessible Business Entrance Program or any other DBI related topics, contact


CREAA Home Expo
Date: July 27, 2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: 1111 Gough Street
SF CA 94109


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