Building and Fire Board of Appeals

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The Building and Fire Board of Appeals determines the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction; to provide for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the Building and Fire Codes; to hear written appeals regarding the Chief Building Official’s or Fire Code Official’s determinations.

Board Authorization
Newport Beach Municipal Code Section 15.80.010

Frequency of Meetings
As needed

Term Expires
 Khosrow Nourmohammadi, Chair  06-30-15  06-09-20  06-30-24
 Rolly Pulaski, Vice Chair    06-28-16  06-09-20  06-30-24
 Michael Manning  03-22-22  07-01-23  06-30-27
 Charles Allen
 06-22-21    06-30-25
 Dirk Bondy
 06-22-21    06-30-25
 Bill Caskey  10-09-18  06-28-22  06-30-26
 J.R. Walz  10-09-18  06-28-22  06-30-26


Length of Term for Members
The seven members of the board serve for a term of four years on a staggered basis.

 Tonee Thai
Chief Building Official


Staff Support
When the board is called into session, staff allocates approximately six hours to each session. Costs for services are recovered by the payment of appeal application fees established by City Council resolution. If an item presented to the Board is staff generated, then no fees are recovered.

The Building and Fire Board of Appeals was previously called the Construction Appeals Committee, which began in 1997 with the founding members: Brion Jeannette, Richard R. Luehrs, Larry Root, Robert W. Yant, and Ray Cranston.  Brion Jeannette served as Chair from 1997 to June 2021.

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