Building Board of Appeals

Building Board of Appeals

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​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.

Board Members:

Chair - Kenneth J Winters
Member - Paul Darling
Member - Robert Hart
Member - David Arnsdorf
Member - Gordon Berry
Member - Hugh Flack

Meeting Information

The Building Board of Appeals meetings are typically held the third 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.

The Building Board of Appeals schedule, 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.

Should you need assistance with meeting information, navigating Legistar or any other question regarding the Building Board of Appeals, please do not hesitate to contact the Administrative Staff member assigned to the board.

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.

For questions regarding the application and/or appeal process, please contact:

Administrative​ Support
Zachary Waas Smith
734.794.6000 ext. 42667,

Program/Rental Housing Manager:
Lisha Turner-Tolbert
734.794.6000 ext. 42669,

To visit our office:
Larcom City Hall
301 E. Huron St., first floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(parking on Ann Street)

Hours of operation:
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

To send correspondence

Planning and Development Services
PO BOX 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Building/Housing Fax:
Fax: 734.994.8460