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Applicants Sought for the Board of Building Appeals


June 25, 2019



Sue Coffman, Staff Liaison, sue.coffman@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 594-7905


Applicants Sought for the Board of Building Appeals


The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill three positions on the Board of Building Appeals (BOBA) for a five-year term each, consisting of a Building Owner Representative, General Contractor, and Fire Department Representative.


Applicants should have knowledge and/or experience in design and/or construction related to building, fire, mechanical, plumbing, and/or energy code.


The BOBA is a quasi-judicial board consisting of seven members who are recommended by the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee and appointed by the City Council. 


Duties of the BOBA include:

  • Review and provide recommendation for approval to Council for new editions, amendments, and proposed changes to the City’s Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire, Dangerous Building, Minimum Housing, and Energy Codes. 
  • Holding hearings and make decisions on appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Building Official or Fire Chief relative to the application and interpretation of the Building Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Fire Code and Energy Code.
  • Hear appeals of orders or decisions made by the Hearing Officer for the Dangerous Building Code or Minimum Housing Code.


For additional information on the Board of Building Appeals, visit their website or contact Sue Coffman, Planning and Development Services, at (253) 594-7905.


Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 9, 2019. To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.