|Building Division: Board of Appeals|
The City of McMinnville is responsible for the enforcement of the Uniform Building, Plumbing, and Mechanical Codes and the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings in accordance with Ordinances 3903 and 4454.
It is the City's desire to provide a local appeals procedure of Building Division decisions to expedite conflicts of contractors and homeowners. To comply with these ordinances and meet local needs, the Board of Appeals was created by Ordinance 3970 in 1978 and was later expanded by Ordinance 4454 in 1989.
The Board consists of five members appointed by the City Council. The members have various construction backgrounds and serve a four-year term. The Building Official and Fire Marshal serve as ex officio members and have no vote on matters before the Board. The Building Official also serves as secretary to the Board.
The powers of the Appeals Board are granted through code sections in the building, plumbing, and mechanical codes.
WHAT MATTERS CAN BE APPEALED?
When there is an appeal of the Building Official's decision related to the use of materials or methods of construction which are somewhat different from those specified in various codes, an appeal may be made to the Board.
Upon receipt of an appeal by the Building Division, an Appeal Board meeting will be arranged at the Board's earliest convenience (this is generally within one to two weeks of appeal submittal). During this time, City staff will review the appeal and pass the complete appeal application and other pertinent information on to the Board members (applicable code sections, definitions, product information, etc.)
The appellant is notified of the meeting date.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE MEETING?
After the Board feels it has heard all of the information available, a discussion of Board members is held. The Board will then generally rule on the appeal. There may be occasion when the Board may continue the matter to another meeting date in order to perform additional research on their own, or request that either party perform additional research.
The Board then prepares a written ruling of the appeal and distributes a copy to the Building Official and appellant. The Building Division prepares minutes of the meeting that are distributed to the Board and appellant.
WHAT IF AN APPELLANT WISHES TO APPEAL THE BOARD'S DECISION?