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For questions regarding the application and/or appeal process, or to submit an application, please contact:​

Glen Dempsey
Building Official
734.794.6000 x42660 ​[email protected]
Fax: 734.994.8460

Building Department general phone number: 734.794.6263 x0

Larco​m City Hall
301 E. Huron St., first floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(parking on Ann Street)
​Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.​

​​​​Building Code Variances

The purpose of the Building Board of Appeals is for reconsideration of a code official opinion or to hear a variance request from the requirements of the State Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing codes after being denied a permit application for construction.


Applications for variances of building code regulations are available by navigating to​ and searching for Building Board of Appeals.

Completed applications should be submitted a minimum of 2 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:

Member – David Arnsdorf

Member – Kevin Cox​

Member – Paul Darling

Member – Hugh Flack

Member – Robert Hart​

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 m​aximum) 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 li​nk.  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 517.241.9303.