Housing Board of Appeals

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First floor, 301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(excluding holidays)

Mailing Address:
Planning and Development Services
PO Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

For questions regarding the application and/or appeal process, please contact
Building/Housing Board of Appeals:

Debra Williams

734.794.6000 x42198
Fax: 734.994.8460

​​​​​​Housing Board of Appeals - Administrative Review, Clarification and Varianc​es

The purpose of the Housing Board of Appeals is to hear and rule on variance requests from the requirements of the Housing Code, Chapter 105 where such application would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship to the person owning or having the beneficial use of said property. Granting a variance cannot violate the intent of Chapter 105 nor jeopardize public health and safety. This board is also empowered to grant time extensions, when requested, allowing owners/agents extra time to make the required corrections to their property (maximum 90 days). Additionally, the board is allowed to make administrative decisions, within the scope of the code, where allowed. Variance requests can be submitted once an inspection has been conducted and violations have been cited.


Applications for the Housing Board of Appeals should be submitted through STREAM ​a minimum of four weeks prior to the meeting date to allow adequate time to process according to the laws, guidelines and regulations.


The application fee for all housing variance requests is $500. We accept cash, checks, and all forms of credit card. Fees are due at the time of application submittal.

Meeting Infor​​mation

The Housing Board of Appeals meetings are typically held the second Tuesday of the month.  They are located at 301 East Huron Street, Larcom City Hall, in the South Conference room on the first floor. There is on-street metered parking available along Ann Street (2 hour maximum) or parking structures at Ann Street and Main Street​,​​ and Fourth Street ​​and Washington Street for your convenience.

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

  • Access the Legistar calendar page.
  • Select "Housing 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 Housing Board of Appeals, please do not hesitate to contact the Administrative Staff member assigned to the board.​