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BUILDING BOARD OF APPEALS

The purpose of this Board is to hear appeals of decisions of the Building Official in regard to the Ames Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Code, Chapter 5 of the Ames Municipal Code.



BOARD MEMBERS

Board Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.
Membership consists of:
1 licensed architect
1 professional engineer
1 general contractor
1 home builder
1 licensed journey person or master electrician, or electrical contractor
1 licensed journey person or master plumber, or plumbing contractor
1 licensed master hvac technician, or mechanical contractor
Current Board Members


BASIS FOR APPEAL
Sec. 5.601. APPEAL APPLICATION
Any person directly affected by a decision of the Building Official or a notice or order issued under this code shall have the right to appeal. That appeal shall be heard by the Building Board of Appeals. An appeal shall be made in writing and be filed no later than twenty (20) days after the date of the notice or order. An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that:
     (1)   the true intent of this Code or the rules legally adopted hereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, or
     (2)   the provisions of this Code do not fully apply, or
     (3)   the requirements of this Code are adequately satisfied by other means, and the specific proposed alternative action will increase the degree of general code compliance of the specific system or the building and premises, or
     (4)   there are specific fixed conditions that make strict compliance with this Code impracticable, or
     (5)   required actions cannot be completed within the time limit specified by the Building Official


MEETINGS
The first Monday of each month is reserved for Board meetings. However, meetings do not occur unless an appeal has been filed or other business requires Board action. 

CURRENT AGENDA

2020 MEETING SCHEDULE

APPEAL APPLICATION

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE APPEALS BOARD

The purpose of this Board is to hear appeals of decisions of the Building Official in regard to the Ames Rental Housing Code, Chapter 13 of the Ames Municipal Code.


BOARD MEMBERS

Board members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.
Membership consists of:
1 small / medium property landlord (owns fewer than 50 rental dwelling units)
1 large property landlord (owns 50 or more rental dwelling units)
2 neighborhood resident owner-occupants with no financial interest in residential rental property
1 long term tenant (non-student renter for more than 5 years)
1 student tenant (full time post-secondary student renter)
1 general contractor - with financial interest in not more than 6 rental properties
Current Board Members


BASIS FOR APPEAL

An appeal must be based on a claim that:
(1) the true intent or rules of the code have been incorrectly interpreted, or
(2) the provisions of the Code do not fully apply, or
(3) the requirements of the Code can be met by specific proposed alternative equivalent actions, or
(4) there are specific fixed conditions that make strict compliance with the Code impracticable, or
(5) required actions cannot be completed within the time limit specified by the Building Official


MEETINGS

The first Thursday of each month is reserved for Board meetings. However, meetings do not occur unless an appeal has been filed or other business requires Board action. 

CURRENT AGENDA

2020 MEETING SCHEDULE

APPEAL APPLICATION

 

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