Advisory Boards

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The Building Safety Department oversees two advisory and appeals boards: The Construction Advisory and Appeals Board (CAAB) and the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).

The CAAB hears appeals of decisions of the Building Official and the Fire Marshal related to the enforcement of building, electrical, fire, HVAC, plumbing and sign codes adopted by the City. The CAAB also determines whether alternate construction materials and methods, not otherwise approved by the codes or Building Official, are acceptable. As an advisory board the City Commission, the CAAB develops recommendations for the adoption of the new editions of the codes and for amendments to the same.

The ZBA hears appeals of decisions of the Building Official and hears variance requests as they both apply to the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. Hearings are scheduled monthly if there are cases to be heard.

PBS INDEPENDENT LENS POP-UP SCREENING: DECADE OF FIRE

We’re teaming up with Panhandle PBS to present this screening of Decade of Fire by Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, Gretchen Hildebran, and Julia Steele Allen.  In the 1970s, fires raged through the South Bronx. Abandoned by landlords and city officials, nearly a half million residents were displaced from their beloved neighborhood. With the help of fellow survivors, filmmaker and Bronx native Vivian Vázquez Irizarry tells the story of the residents who banded together amidst the rubble and built a better future for their community. Doors open at 6 and the film starts at 6:30, followed by a panel discussion on themes of homelessness, community organizing, and civic engagement. 
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