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The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.

The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.

 

Board Structure

The Board of Appeals is comprised of five Board members appointed for staggered four-year terms.  Three members are appointed by the Mayor and two by the President of the Board of Supervisors.  The Board is staffed by an Executive Director, Legal Assistant, and Clerks.

When an appeal is filed, Board members will conduct a public hearing on the appeal, listening to arguments and testimony from the appellant(s), permit holder(s), department representative(s), and from interested neighbors and other members of the public.  The Board then votes to either uphold the underlying departmental determination, impose conditions on the determination, or overrule the determination.

 

Charter & Code Sections Governing the Board of Appeals

City Charter, Section 4.106

Business & Tax Regulations Code, Article 1, Sections 8-16, 29, 30 and 31

Administrative Code, Chapter 10G

All Charter and Code Sections may be accessed online by clicking here or by going to www.sfgov.org and clicking the link entitled "Municipal Codes."

 

Members of the Board of Appeals

Ann Lazarus

President

Frank Fung

Commissioner

Darryl Honda

Commissioner

Bobbie Wilson

Commissioner

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Ann Lazarus, President

Ann Lazarus works as an interim executive director for nonprofits in transition. She recently served as Interim Executive Director of the International Association of Business Communicators, an education, research and networking organization for business communication professionals in over 80 countries. From late 1991 through 2004, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Mount Zion Health Fund, a grant making public charity. Ms. Lazarus also has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She has been a corporate planner and Director of Investor Relations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the director of a health resource center, the chair of the trustees of a multi-employer retirement plan with assets over $400 million, and has provided fund management counsel to multiple organizations. She has also served as a program consultant to several mayoral administrations. Ms. Lazarus holds Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees from Stanford University and a Masters in Urban Studies from Occidental College. She served eight years as a member of San Francisco’s Port Commission, including two years as President. Other organizations with which she has been involved include Congregation Emanu-El, Alumni Consulting Team of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Clinic by the Bay, SPUR, and the San Francisco Human Services Network, of which she was the co-founder. Ms. Lazarus is a native San Franciscan who currently lives in Pacific Heights with her husband Jim. They are the parents of four grown children. Ms. Lazarus was appointed to the Board by Mayor Edwin Lee on July 25, 2012 and reappointed by Mayor Lee on July 30, 2014. Her term will expire July 1, 2018.

 

Frank Fung, Comissioner

Frank Fung is President and Founder of ED2 International, a planning, architectural and interior design firm headquartered in San Francisco. Mr. Fung received his undergraduate and Master’s of Architecture degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Born in Qingdao, China, Mr. Fung immigrated to the U.S. in 1952, and later served in the U.S. military. Mr. Fung is a founding member and first president of Asian American Architects and Engineers, and has served on boards and committees of many other organizations, including the Board of Architectural Examiners, Northern California Export Council, Fort Mason Foundation, Council of Asian American Business Associations, Asian, Inc., and Asian Neighborhood Design. He was a delegate to both the White House Conference on Small Business and the California Conference on Small Business, was a San Francisco Planning Commissioner from 1992 to 1995, and a guest lecturer at the University of California School of Environmental Design. He lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Mr. Fung was first appointed to the Board of Appeals by Mayor Dianne Feinstein on January 30, 1986 and served until June 8, 1988. Mayor Newsom reappointed Mr. Fung to the Board on October 19, 2004, and again on July 25, 2008. Mayor Edwin Lee reappointed him on July 31, 2012 to a term that will expire on July 1, 2016.

  

Darryl Honda, Commissioner

Darryl Honda is a native Californian who has lived in San Francisco for over 35 years, attending school and working in a wide range of San Francisco neighborhoods. Mr. Honda is a realtor with over fourteen years of experience, currently working with Zephyr Realty. Previously, he owned and operated a small business for over fifteen years, the video rental store "VideoMotion" in San Francisco’s Sunset District. He is proud of his family’s multicultural heritage, which includes his maternal grandfather who emigrated from the Philippines and worked as a migrant field worker in California, and his paternal grandfather whose family emigrated from Hiroshima, Japan to farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mr. Honda’s many civic activities include being a founding member of the Westside Chinese Democratic Club and serving for nine years as an appointed board member of the California State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO). Mr. Honda attended the Academy of Art College and San Francisco Community College. He currently lives with his family in Golden Gate Heights. Mr. Honda was appointed to the Board by Mayor Edwin Lee on December 4, 2012. His term will expire July 1, 2016.

 

Bobbie Wilson, Commissioner

Bobbie Wilson is a Partner at the law firm of Perkins Cooie, with extensive experience in complex civil litigation primarily in the area of intellectual property. Ms. Wilson was recently recognized as one of the 50 Women Leaders in Technology Law in California. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School and her undergraduate degree from Queens College. Ms. Wilson grew up in the Queensbridge Housing Projects in New York and moved to San Francisco after graduating from law school in 1990. Previously, she worked as a Fellow at the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center in San Francisco where she litigated impact cases on behalf of low income workers. She is a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association and has served on the board of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Ms. Wilson represented the City of San Francisco as lead pro bono counsel in the marriage equality cases and received the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award for this work. She lives in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Ms. Wilson was appointed to the Board by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on September 30, 2014. Her term expires on July 1, 2018.  

 

 

Note: The Board of Appeals was previously known as the Board of Permit Appeals.  Appeals of real property assessments are handled by the Assessment Appeals Board.

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