Building Code Board of Appeals


The Board shall have jurisdiction over any appeal right arising under the provision of any City Building Code which entitles a petitioner to bring a hearing or conflict before an appointed board of appeals convened by the City, provided that such appeal is made to the Board, in writing, within the limitations period specified in the applicable section of the City Building Codes. The Board shall not have jurisdiction to hear matters which do not have a specified right of appeal arising under the City Building Codes. In addition, the Board may hear such other conflicts as shall be referred to the Board by the direct action of the City Council of the City of DeKalb through resolution.


Building Code Board of Appeals meetings are held as needed.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  1. Serving as the appeals Board for decisions made by the Chief Building Officer.
  2. The Board shall serve as an advisory body to the City Council of the City of DeKalb and to the Chief Building Official and Community Development Director in making recommendations and suggesting policies applicable to the City Building Codes or updates thereto. Any such recommendations shall be adopted by written resolution, and such resolution shall denote the results of the roll-call vote to adopt the same.
  3. Appeal of Denial of City-Issued Contractor’s License: Where any provision of the City Building Codes contemplates the issuance of a contractor’s license by the City and a license is denied to any person, said applicant may file a written appeal with the Board within five (5) days of the date of denial, and the Board shall have jurisdiction to consider such appeal as a hearing under subsection (c) above.

Board Members

  • Don Whitmore – Chair
  • Steve Doonan
  • Keith O’Higgins
  • Christine Scholl
  • Lisa Sharp
  • Chuck Shepard

For More Information

To learn more about this board, please refer to Municipal Code Chapter 22.
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Staff Liaison

  1. Dawn Harper
    Chief Building Official
    Phone: 815-748-2372