Building Board of Appeal

The Building Board of Appeal hears appeals of any decision of the Chief Building Official 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.


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


Council may establish remuneration for the Board members.


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

Apply to appeal a decision

Staff contact
Boris Turishev
Building Policy Engineer
Building Policy Branch

Phone: 604-873-7401