About the Building-Related and fire codes appeals and advisory Board
For property development in the City of San Antonio, the Building Official and Fire Chief make decisions about residential and commercial applications and permits. When the property owners disagree with our decisions and would like other facts considered, they have the option to appeal to the Building-Related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board. The Board will hear their appeal and make a decision relative to the application and interpretations of Chapters 10, Chapter 11 and specific articles in Chapter 28 of the City Code. In addition, the Board will advise the Building Official or Fire Chief on code-related matters to include making recommendations regarding adopting new building codes.
Development Services is happy to assist customers with an appeal to the Board. An application for the appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of the code has been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of the code do not fully apply, or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed. For additional information on how to submit your appeal and the appeal application, please refer to Information Bulletin 144.
Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month of January, April, July and October in the Board Room located at 1901 S. Alamo. Meetings start at 9 a.m. Additional meetings are scheduled within 14 calendar days after the department receives a complete appeal application. Special meetings are called as needed for building-related and fire codes adoption process as well. For information on the Building–Related Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board meetings, contact Jennifer Smith. All meetings are open to the public.
The Board is comprised of 17 primary members and 17 alternates, designated to represent by industry types that are nationally recognized. All members are appointed at-large by City Council. A member may serve no more than four, two-year terms for a total of eight years.