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Building & Fire Code Board of Appeals

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The Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals was established in 1983 to interpret the provisions of the Building and Fire Codes, including the suitability of alternate materials. Before the establishment of this Board, such appeals were heard by the Architectural Board of Review.

General Functions

  • Hear any appeal of decisions rendered by the Chief of Building and Zoning in the enforcement of all Uniform Building Codes.
  • Hear any appeal of decisions rendered by the Fire Chief in the enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code.
Committee Functions

The Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals has no set number of members, therefore, appointments will be made on an "as needed" basis. Please refer to the current Vacancy List for vacancy information.

Santa Barbara Municipal Code mandates that appeals shall be scheduled before a panel of five (5) appointed Board Members, whom shall be selected by the Community Development Director or the Fire Code Official as may be appropriate based on the subject matter.

  1. Resident of the City or the adjoining unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in specialty areas governed by the construction and fire codes of the City.
  3. May not hold any full-time paid office or employment in City government.
Length of Term Open
Meeting Schedule The Board only meets when needed to hear an appeal; only 5 members serve at any one appeal.
Time Involved Approximately 2 – 3 meetings per year; 10 – 12 hours per year.
Financial Disclosure Requirement Members must file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the advisory group.
Compensation None.
Staff Community Development Department and Fire Department, (805) 564-5553.
Reference Santa Barbara Municipal Code Sections 8.04.020(E) and 22.04.020(G); Ordinance Nos. 5780, 5779, 5256, 5104, 5100, and 4931; Resolution No. 97-099.

Last Updated: Jun 9, 2020
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