Building Code Appeals Board


When reviewing a code modification request or conducting an inspection, code officials and their representatives ensure the spirit and intent of the applicable codes and laws are observed and public health, safety and welfare are assured.

When a plan review or inspection is failed, a code modification request is denied, a notice of violation is issued or the code official applies a particular code section in a manner with which you do not agree, you can appeal to the Building Code Appeals Board (BCAB). Appeals Procedures and Policies

How to File an Appeal

The BCAB consists of five members appointed by the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. The BACB is composed of architects, engineers, builders, property managers or construction superintendents as recommended by the Uniform Statewide Building Code. No Stafford County employee can serve as a member of the BCAB. No member of the BCAB can hear an appeal in which he or she has any personal, professional or financial interest.
  • Requests must be submitted within 30 calendar days for new construction issues. Failure to submit a request for an appeal within the time limit above will constitute acceptance of the code official's decision.
  • Submit $500 appeal fee, refundable only if BCAB rules in favor of appellant.
  • Submit the appeal application or a written request in person at the George L. Gordon, Jr. Government Center at 1300 Courthouse Road or mail to the following address:
    Stafford County - Building Code Appeals Board - Chairperson
    PO Box 339
    Stafford VA 22555-0339
  • The appeal can be filed by a building owner, the owner's agent or any person involved in the design, construction or maintenance of the building.