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Building Board of Appeals

Building Code Variances:
The purpose of the Building Board of Appeals is to hear variance requests from the requirements of the State Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes.

This board also addresses nuisance buildings within the City of Ann Arbor to ensure properties that are not in compliance with the 
Dangerous Building Ordinance, Chapter 105, become code compliant, get approved  for renovations or are approved for demolition.

Applications for variances of building code regulations are available by choosing this link Building Board of Appeals Application (pdf).  You may also find the applications at our office, available upon request.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Administrative Specialist a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the meeting date to allow adequate time to process according to the laws, guidelines and regulations.

The application fee for "single-family" residential homes is $250.
The application fee for "all other buildings" is $500.

Meeting Schedule & Location:
The Building Board of Appeals meetings are typically held the second Thursday of the month.  They are located at 301 East Huron Street, Larcom City Hall, in the Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor.  There is on-street metered parking available along Ann St. (2 hour maximum) or parking structures at Ann & Main and Fourth and Washington for your convenience.
2014 Meeting Schedule (PDF)

The Building Board of Appeals agenda and minutes are available at the City of Ann Arbor's Legislative Information Center. 

  • Access the calendar page.
  • Select "Building Board of Appeals" from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
  • Agenda packet information can be found by clicking the "Meeting Details" link for each meeting date.

Michigan Barrier Free Design Rule Exception:

Applications are available through this link.  All processing is handled by the State of Michigan. No local variances are permitted nor will staff be able to assist you with the State's process for the appeals.  You may call the Barrier Free Design office with the State of Michigan at 517-241-9600.

Updated:  5/7/14 dgw

For questions regarding the application and/or appeal process, please contact:
Administrative Support
Ann Howard
734-794-6000 x 42667

Building Official:
Ralph Welton
734-794-6000 x 42660

Program/Rental Housing Manager:
Lisha Turner-Tolbert
734-794-6000 x 42669

Board Members:
Chair - Kenneth J Winters - Structural Engineer
Member - Samuel Callan - Design Professional & Fire Protection
Member - Paul Darling - Architect
Member - Robert Hart - Architect

Hours, Address and Fax for
Customer Service
To visit our office:
301 E. Huron Street
Larcom City Hall
First Floor
Ann Arbor MI 48104
(parking on Ann St.)

To mail correspondence:
Planning & Development Services
PO BOX 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

 Building/Housing Fax:
Fax: 734.994.8460


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