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David Gans, Southern District Director 
 
David Gans 

David Gans is Chief Building Official for the city of Oceanside, Calif., where he manages the building department, performs plan reviews and inspections for the Southern California coastal community. A dedicated public servant, Gans serves as the plumbing and mechanical expert within his division and enjoys being a resource to others in his department, as well as to the city’s residents and contractors.

Holding a bachelor of Science, Public Administration, from the University of La Verne, Calif., Gans began his career as a plumbing and HVAC technician in the Building and Maintenance Division, city of Pasadena, Calif., and with Fallbrook Elementary Unified School District in Fallbrook, Calif. A licensed Los Angeles city and county plumbing journeyman since 1996 and a California licensed C-36 plumbing contractor, Gans is a member of several labor unions, including the UA, AFSME and the OCEA. He is IAPMO certified as a plumbing plans and mechanical plans examiner, as well as a residential and commercial combination inspector and plans examiner.

Gans has served as chairman of the IAPMO San Diego County chapter since 2008, on the UMC Answers and Analysis Committee since 2009 and worked on the IAPMO task group for access requirements of the 2006 UMC. He is a plumbing instructor for the California Association of Building Officials, the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association San Diego, and the California State Contractor’s License School.

He and wife Tracey have three children. Gans enjoys fishing, surfing, free diving, spear fishing and motorcycle riding.

“I have a deep passion for the plumbing and mechanical industry,” Gans says. “I have especially enjoyed meeting people from all parts of the industry and country that share my enthusiasm for the plumbing and mechanical industries.

“I have a great respect for the codes that IAPMO produces. The members of IAPMO have done an incredible job creating quality codes. I’m excited about the future of IAPMO on an international level. I believe other countries have recognized that we have great plumbing systems here and that IAPMO can help bring the same high quality standards to their regions. I’m excited to see that some areas across the United States that have given other plumbing and mechanical codes a try are returning the Uniform Codes. They are the best! “