Building Board of Appeal

The Building Board of Appeal hears appeals of any decision of the Chief Building Official (Director of Licenses and Inspections) in respect of:

  • Interpretation of the bylaw
  • Use of new methods of construction or materials
  • Determination of extent of upgrading existing buildings
  • Determination of an unsafe condition
  • Determination of extent of building upgrading affected by change of occupancy
  • Reasons for revoking a permit

Terms of reference

The Building Board of Appeal Bylaw sets out the board's appointment, membership, scope and operation, procedures, and duties.

Meeting frequency

The Board Chairperson schedules meetings as necessary, but not more often than once every two weeks.

Quorum

There must be a minimum number of four members of the board present to make decisions.

Remuneration

Council may establish remuneration for the Board members.

Membership

The board consists of eight members appointed by Council, one member being selected from each of the following societies or associations:

  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia
  • Association of Professional Engineers of BC (Structural)
  • Association of Professional Engineers of BC (Mechanical or Electrical)
  • Amalgamated Construction Association
  • Housing and Urban Development Association
  • Insurers' Advisory Organization
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • A representative of a self-supporting association located within the Greater Vancouver region chiefly concerned with the economic or social interests of building users but generally independent of the interests of building owners, regulatory authorities, and the associations mentioned above

Members are appointed for a term of 3 years.

Any member may be removed by a Council resolution passed with at least two-thirds of all its members.

Resources for advisory committee members

Accessibility Event Guidelines

The Accessibility Event Guidelines help to ensure events are accessible to all, and were developed in consultation with the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee.

Accessibility Event Guidelines PDF file (405 KB)

Code of Conduct Policy

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy PDF file (140 KB)

Guidelines for Civic Agencies

The Guidelines for Civic Agencies explains the roles and responsibilities of members and liaisons and provides an overview of member procedures.

Guidelines for Civic Agencies PDF file (431 KB)

Procedure By-law

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw PDF file (150 KB)

Apply to appeal a decision

Staff contact
Boris Turishev
Building Policy Engineer
Building Policy Branch

Phone: 604-873-7401

boris.turishev@vancouver.ca