Washington, D.C. –The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) announced today the selection of Lynn Underwood as Chief Building Official (CBO) for the District of Columbia. As CBO, Underwood will oversee permitting and inspections for private construction and non-federal construction across the District.
Underwood brings 30-plus years of experience to the role and has worked in jurisdictions across the country and internationally. Prior to joining DCRA, Underwood served in a variety of high-level building department positions, including Building Code Expert for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Code Official for Norfolk, Virginia, and Building Official for Arlington County in Virginia. He’s also worked for building departments in Arizona, Washington, and New Mexico.
“Lynn is going to provide absolutely top-notch customer service to District residents and businesses as CBO,” said DCRA Director Melinda Bolling. “His depth of knowledge and experience will be tremendous assets to our customers and the agency.”
In addition to leading building departments, Underwood has authored books on the International Residential Code, debt-free home building, and code enforcement. The International Code Council, which prepares the model building code for jurisdictions across the country, elected Underwood to a three-year term as a member of its Board of Directors in 2013.
Underwood has earned more than 10 certifications from the International Code Council, including Certified Building Official and Master Code Professional. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Technology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from New Mexico State University. Underwood is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
“I believe that every service our building department provides from plans review to inspections to simply answering a question should be smooth for our customers,” said Underwood. “I’m focused on training and empowering our staff to ensure that every person who conducts business with us has a predictable, positive experience.”