Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals

(1)The board has the authority to periodically review building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire codes (2) Acts as a board of appeals to hear grievances arising from a decision of the building official or fire chief; (3) Determine the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction(4)Waives building code requirements under certain circumstances.


Roll Call 15-0332 (2-23-15) Ordinance No. 15,349 (Amending Section 26-121 relating to the qualifications for appointment.

General Requirements

Seventeen members. Members must have a minimum of five years experience in one of the required fields listed under "professional requirements."

Professional Requirements

One Iowa registered architect; one Iowa registered professional structural or construction engineer; one Iowa registered professional mechanical engineer.; one Iowa registered professional electrical engineer; one general contractor - residential; one general contractor - commercial; two Des Moines licensed active master electricians responsible for electrical install operation of licensed electrical contractor; one Des Moines licensed master plumber responsible for plumbing install operation of licensed plumbing contractor; one Des Moines licensed journeyman plumber; two mechanical contractors with active Des Moines A, B, C or D mechanical contractor license; one licensed attorney; one person experienced in real estate or real estate financing; one person experienced in historic preservation; a building official and Fire Marshall serve as ex-officio members.

Membership Term Information

Three years

Term Limits

Term limits do not apply

Term Expiration

April 1st

Meeting Information


Meeting Frequency

Second Thursday of each month

Meeting Time

3:30 PM

Meeting Location

Municipal Services Center - Second Floor MacRea Room
1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

City Staff

Brian Bishop - 515-283-4958