-Amy Lee, Acting Director, Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) plays a critical role in the on-going safety and well-being of all San Franciscans – particularly when you consider that the city lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones. Just as the Police and Fire Departments are essential to public safety, what we do every day at DBI in terms of inspections, permit processing, and ensuring the fair enforcement of complex and ever-changing building codes is a public responsibility we fulfill as professionally and efficiently as possible.
DBI is increasing its leadership efforts on a number of fronts this year. In an effort to promote more green buildings and sustainable construction in San Francisco, Mayor Newsom and DBI just issued a directive that provides Priority Permit Processing for all new and renovated buildings that qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED Gold rating or equivalent.
This means DBI will save both time and money, while also delivering a substantial incentive for developers and builders to ‘go for the gold’ and ensuring that our City will have more energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings in the near future.