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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 and clicking the link entitled "Municipal Codes."


Members of the Board of Appeals

Ann Lazarus


Arcelia Hurtado

Vice President

Frank Fung


Darryl Honda


Chris Hwang



Ann Lazarus, President

Ann Lazarus works as an interim executive director for nonprofits in transition. Currently she is 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. Her term will expire July 1, 2014.


Arcelia Hurtado, Vice President

Arcelia Hurtado is the Immigration Policy Advisor for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. Prior to joining NCLR, Ms. Hurtado was Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a non-profit legal organization dedicated to expanding economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. She is a former public defender with the State of California, as well as with Santa Clara and San Francisco counties, and has served as an adjunct professor at San Francisco Law School and New College School of Law teaching courses in Constitutional and Criminal Law. Ms. Hurtado has served on the boards of numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Our Family Coalition, and Women Defenders where she founded a fellowship to support law students pursuing careers in indigent criminal defense. In 2010, Ms. Hurtado was named a Pioneer in Justice by the Levi Strauss Foundation, which recognizes leaders shaping the next wave of social justice work. She lives with her family in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco. Ms. Hurtado was appointed to the Board of Appeals by Board of Supervisor President David Chiu on February 15, 2012 and reappointed by him on September 11, 2012. Her term will expire July 1, 2016. 


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.


Chris Hwang, Commissioner

Chris Hwang is a partner at the San Francisco office of Leonard Carder, LLP, an employment and labor law firm representing workers in class action wage and hour cases, public and private sector unions and union employee benefit plans. Her practice focuses primarily on representing Boards of Trustees of pension and welfare funds for unionized workers and their families. Ms. Hwang also represents unions in all matters of litigation, including arbitration. She is a former staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and worked for the Contra Costa County Public Defender on death penalty matters. She has served on the Board of Directors for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and as co-chair of the Civil Rights Committee for the Asian American Bar Association. Ms. Hwang was raised by Korean immigrant parents in a small town in Missouri, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She lives in the Bernal Heights District of San Francisco with her partner and two children. Ms. Hwang was appointed to the Board of Appeals by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on May 12, 2010. Her term will expire July 1, 2014.


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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