The purpose of this Board is to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the building official, fire chief, and/or their designee relative to the application and interpretation of the Building Code, Housing Code and/or Fire Code. The appeals will generally be from code interpretations, such as modifications resulting from practical difficulties; alternative materials, design, and methods of construction and equipment; and performance-based fire and safety design. Appeals are not allowed for legislative decisions made by the Rochester City Council, such as the contents of the ordinances.
The Board shall consist of five members that are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. Board members shall be Rochester residents and not employees of the City. Upon creation of the Board, two members will be appointed for a term of three years, two members shall be appointed for a term of two years, and one member shall be appointed for a term of one year. Thereafter each member shall be appointed for three year terms. Each term of office shall expire on December 31st of the year the term is scheduled to expire. All members shall serve until their successors have been appointed and qualified.
The Board shall consist of members who are qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to building construction and rental properties. Desirable qualifications for membership include registered design professionals in architecture and engineering, and licensed contractors.
Board of Appeals Ordinance