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Board of Building and Fire Appeals

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The Board of Building and Fire Appeals meets annually to appoint the Chair and Vice-Chair, and then as-needed if appeals are received. 

Past Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Visit Past Agendas and Minutes for Board of Building and Fire Appeals meetings beginning 1/27/2010 through 1/25/2017. If you do not find the information you are looking for, or you need information for meetings before 1/27/2010, please submit a Public Information Request. 


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About the Board

Together, the Board interprets 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

Jason Hajduk, Fire Chief 
230 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-420-5208 email 


Stay Connected!

Signup to receive email notices for future Board of Building and Fire Appeals meeting on the eNotifications page - 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.

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