Board of Building and Fire Appeals

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Meetings are held usually only upon appeal, which is rare. The Building Official may call other special meetings from time to time to update the commission on construction codes and procedures.

Meetings are held in City Planning Department conference room at 809 Center Street, Room 107,
Santa Cruz, CA.


To interpret technical decisions of the building official and/or the fire marshall. The duties and procedures of the Board are given in chapter 18.41 of the Municipal Code.


The Board consists of five regular members and three alternates. Members are appointed by the City Council.

The five regular members must be any of the following: architect, engineer (civil, structural, mechanical, or electrical), general building contractor, engineering contractor, electrician, plumber, mechanical or sheet metal contractor, non jurisdictional building inspector or fire inspector or similar person demonstrating experience (as an alternate)

Alternates are two disabled access specialist and one energy conservation specialist.

Staff Contacts:

Mark Ellis, Building Official
809 Center Street, Room 206
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Jim Frawley, Fire Chief 
230 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Signup to receive email notices for future Board of Building and Fire Appeals meeting; go to eNotifications page and check the Board of Building and Fire Appeals box.

Want to contact a member of the Board of Appeals? Please send your request to Mark Ellis; his contact information is listed above.

Accessibility of all online Advisory Body agenda packets, minutes and audio files is now available from any Advisory Body webpage to enable easier public access to posted meeting information.  

Should you have questions please contact City Clerk Administrator Bonnie Bush at (831) 420-5035.

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