Appeals Hearing Process

Hearing Process
The Building Code Appeals Board (BCAB) will convene upon request at a time agreed upon by all parties concerned and efforts to consider the schedules of those involved will be made. Regardless of circumstances, the hearing shall occur within 90 days of receipt of the appeals application. The BCAB chairperson will coordinate the scheduling of all appeals within the parameters set forth.
  1. Hearings of the BCAB are open to the public.
  2. The BCAB will hear testimony from the appellant, the code official, their representatives or any person whose interests may be affected by the matter on appeal.
    1. Note: You or your representative should attend the meeting. Failure to show up at the hearing does not postpone or cancel the appeal.
  3. After testimony, the BCAB will deliberate and vote. A concurring vote of the majority of the BCAB members present is required to uphold, reverse or modify the decision of the code official.
  4. A certified copy of the resolution of the BCAB will be furnished to you and the code official. Once a decision has been made, you and the code official must take immediate action to comply with the decision.

Appealing the Decision of the BCAB

You may appeal the decision of the BCAB to the State Building Code Technical Review Board (TRB). Appeal requests must be filed within 21 calendar days of the receipt of the resolution of the BCAB. Hearings are held monthly in Richmond. Application forms are available at the following address:
State Building Code Technical Review Board
501 N Second Street
Richmond VA 23219

Please note the code official also has the ability to appeal the BCAB decision to the TRB. If this is the case, you are expected to appear before the TRB to defend your original appeal.