Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals
  • Description

    (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.

  • Mission

    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 Freqeuency

      Second Thursday of each month

    • Meeting Time


Meeting Location
  • Municipal Service Center / Floor Second Floor - Room: MacRae Room
  • 1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
  • Des Moines, Iowa 50317
City Staff
  • Brian Bishop - 283-4958