Brian J. Hanlon Confirmed As Permanent Director of the DC Department of Buildings

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Brian J. Hanlon Confirmed As Permanent Director Of DOB

Brian J. Hanlon

DOB Director Brian J. Hanlon

Brian J. Hanlon has been confirmed today, November 7, 2023, as the permanent Director of the DC Department of Buildings (DOB) by the Council of the District of Columbia. He was appointed as DOB's Acting Director by Mayor Muriel Bowser on May 8, 2023. Director Hanlon becomes the first permanent Director in DOB's history.

Director Hanlon is a native Washingtonian and accomplished administrator, leader, and registered architect with more than 35 years of private and public sector experience.

Through his private sector work, Director Hanlon actively practiced architecture, managed the development of many billions of dollars of K-12 and collegiate real estate, and served in several leadership roles focusing on construction management and building technologies. He is driven to deliver solutions in the built environment that are responsive to the needs of people, while ensuring they are implemented and used in the most environmentally responsible manner possible. 

Director Hanlon previously worked in District government as the Executive Program Manager at the Department of Real Estate, followed by his appointment as the first permanent Director of the Department of General Services (DGS), where the agency modernized the preventative maintenance and portfolio management of the District’s 30 million sq. ft. of real estate under his leadership. He was also responsible for $2.3 billion in new construction, renovation, and other capital projects including schools, parks, recreation facilities, office buildings, laboratories, senior centers, police stations, fire stations, and residential shelter facilities during his tenure. At DGS, he and the agency garnered multiple awards for design, innovation, and sustainable practices.

Director Hanlon is passionate about driving DOB to be a national model of customer service and value creation; he has spoken about how DOB is a catalyst for responsible economic development, social diversity, and environmental sustainability, pointing to how essential DOB's role is for a thriving and resilient city.

“I am so humbled and honored to have this opportunity to serve the residents and visitors of DC in my capacity as director to protect the safety of residents, businesses, and visitors, and advance the development of the built environment,” said Director Brian Hanlon. “I want to thank Mayor Muriel Bowser for appointing me, and I am excited about the years ahead. Together, with my dedicated team, I look forward to making the residential and commercial building process as safe and simple as possible for our customers.”

Please join us in congratulating Director Hanlon!

Members Of DOB's Senior Management Team Also Confirmed

Additionally, as part of this resolution, three deputies subject to Council's confirmation process that had previously been appointed to acting roles have also been confirmed:

Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers

Chief Building Official




Kathleen Beeton

Kathleen Beeton

Zoning Administrator




Keith Parsons

Keith Parsons

Strategic Enforcement Administrator

We would like to congratulate each of our teammates who were confirmed today by Council, and are excited to see how they continue to help drive the agency forward as we work to serve you every day.