The Building Inspection Commission (BIC), the policy oversight body that oversees the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), recently announced its selection of Tom Hui as Permanent Director of the Department. He was sworn as Director by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on October 3, 2013.
Director Hui's appointment is effective immediately. He is already working on a Strategic Action Plan that will address a number of issues raised in the June 2013 Civil Grand Jury Report, including a timeline to complete the implementation of the Business Process Reengineering recommendations, the launching of a new and more effective Permit Tracking System, implementation of the Mayor's new mandatory seismic retrofit program to protect highly vulnerable residential buildings from collapse following a major earthquake, and completion of a facilities study to determine how to expand the customer service and staff working space within the building department to improve operational efficiencies and public transparency.
BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee members have had a long and well established working relationship with Director Hui for years and they are honored to have his continued participation at the committee's monthly meetings. The Director's reports are relevant to those who work in commercial real estate market and the cross pollination of information that is exchanged at these meetings is indispensable.