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.

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 five members appointed by Council, from each of the following societies or associations:

  • One member of the Law Society of British Columbia;
  • One member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia;
  • One member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia who is a consultant in Fire and Life Safety;
  • Two members of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia who are qualified by virtue of their training and experience to provide expertise in the areas of:
    • Structural;
    • Mechanical;
    • Electrical;
    • Building Enclosure;
    • Geotechnical.

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

boris.turishev@vancouver.ca