Chapter 15.16
BOARD OF APPEALS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODES

Sections:

15.16.010    Authorization.

15.16.020    Created—Members’ appointment—Power.

15.16.030    Qualifications of members.

15.16.040    Secretary.

15.16.050    Terms of office.

15.16.060    Staggered terms.

15.16.070    Rules.

15.16.080    Organization.

15.16.090    Quorum—Meetings.

15.16.010 Authorization.

The Board of Skagit County Commissioners does hereby elect to continue to operate under the provisions of the latest revised edition of the International Building Codes to include, but not be limited to, Section 113 which requires a Board of Appeals. The Building Official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce all provisions of the International Building Codes. (Ord. O20160005 (Att. A); Ord. O20070009 (part); Ord. 8011 § 1, 1979)

15.16.020 Created—Members’ appointment— Power.

The Board of County Commissioners pursuant to the International Building Codes does hereby create a board of five (5) members. The members shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and shall hold office at its pleasure. The members shall serve as the review board to determine the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction and to provide for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the International Building Codes. (Ord. O20070009 (part); Ord. 8011 § 2, 1979)

15.16.030 Qualifications of members.

The members of the Board of Appeals shall be qualified by experience and training to pass upon matters pertaining to building construction and reside in Skagit County. (Ord. 8011 § 3, 1979)

15.16.040 Secretary.

The Building Official shall be an ex officio member of the Board of Appeals and shall act as secretary of the Board. (Ord. 8011 § 4, 1979)

15.16.050 Terms of office.

The term of office for members of the Board of Appeals shall be four (4) years. (Ord. 8011 § 5, 1979)

15.16.060 Staggered terms.

To assure staggered terms of office for members of the Board of Appeals as provided by this Chapter, of the five (5) persons appointed members to the Board of Appeals, initially two (2) shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year. Thereafter each member appointed to the Board of Appeals shall be appointed (except when appointed to fill a vacancy) for a term of four (4) years. The initial appointments to the Board of Appeals shall be made effective the first day of July, 2002. Thereafter, each four (4) year term shall commence on the first day of July of the year when the term created therein shall expire and the four (4) year anniversary thereof. (Ord. 20020270; Ord. 8011 § 6, 1979)

15.16.070 Rules.

The Board shall adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the conducting of its investigations and shall render all decisions and findings in writing to the Building Official with a duplicate copy to the appellant and may recommend to the governing body such new legislation as is consistent therewith. (Ord. 8011 § 7, 1979)

15.16.080 Organization.

At its first meeting in July, 2002, the Board of Appeals shall organize by electing a chairman and vice chairman to serve until July, 2003. Thereafter, at the regular meeting in July of each year, the Board of Appeals shall organize by electing a chairman and vice chairman to serve for a period of one (1) year beginning as of July of the same year. The Board of Appeals may appoint standing or special committees to each of which it may assign specific responsibilities and authorities, provided only that such committee shall make no recommendation to the Board of Appeals. (Ord. 20020270; Ord. 8011 § 8, 1979)

15.16.090 Quorum—Meetings.

Three (3) members of the Board of Appeals shall constitute a quorum. All actions of the Board of Appeals shall be determined by a majority vote at a meeting of which a quorum is present; provided, that where State or County regulations require a larger than the majority of a quorum, such provisions shall govern. The Board shall hold not less than one (1) regular meeting each month; provided, that if no matters over which the Board has jurisdiction are pending upon its calendar, a meeting may be cancelled. (Ord. 8011 § 9, 1979)