Board of Building Review

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The Board of Building Review, established by Ordinance l38l, consists of five members, appointed by the City Council for terms of four years each. Members serve without compensation and cannot hold any other public office or position in the City while serving as members of the Board. The Ordinance introduced at the December 16, 1996 Council Meeting changed the terms of Board members to commence June 1 and expire May 31 of even numbered years.

Special requirements exist regarding the qualifications of the Board of Building Review. These requirements are found in Section 2.120 of the City Code.

The basic duties and responsibilities of the Board of Building Review are as follows:

  • To review the updating of the City's building regulatory codes including suggested local amendments and provide recommendations to the City Council pertinent to the adoption of such codes (Section 2.124, City Code);
  • To determine the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction with respect to the requirements of Chapter 9 of the City Code (Section 2.125);
  • To hear appeals of persons denied a building permit, inspection approval or certificate of occupancy for the reason that the material or type of construction intended for use is not deemed to be in compliance with Chapter 9 of the City Code. Decisions of the Board in the case of such appeals are binding upon the Building Official (City Code, 2.126).
The Board of Building Review meets on the call of the chairperson, usually at the request of Building and Inspection.