Broward County - Board of Rules and Appeals

1 North University, Suite 3500 B
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: 954-765-4500
Fax: 954-765-4504
Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Goal Statement

To establish and enforce Florida Building Code regulations on a uniform basis to protect the health, safety and welfare of persons and property in Broward County.

Program Description

The responsibilities of the agency include reviewing inspections and plan review conducted by jurisdictional employees for compliance with both the County and State Building and Fire Codes as well as conducting random, requested, and investigative inspections to provide uniformity to the interpretation of the codes throughout Broward County. The agency conducts educational seminars to aid in the uniform enforcement of the building codes, fire codes, national electrical code, floodplain codes and many other referenced standards. Staff makes recommendations to the Board of Rules and Appeals on interpretations, appeals and also on amendments pertaining to the Florida Building Code and Fire Code and maintains certifications for approximately 900 building and fire inspectors, plans examiners and building officials who are recertified every two (Building) or four (Fire) years, and participates in state and national code promulgating panels.

Stronger Codes Mean Safer Buildings

The Board of Rules & Appeals first met on January 10, 1971. On March 9, 1976, the voters of Broward County recognized the need for a single autonomous agency to write, modify, and interpret a uniform body of building codes applicable throughout the County. The County Charter was amended, as proposed by the Charter Review Commission, to establish the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals as an arm of county government. Made up of professionals, some appointed by the Broward County League of Cities others by the Broward County Commissioners, Board members are volunteers who serve without pay.

BORA works throughout the year to provide educational programs available to inspectors, contractors and design professionals, and to increase and improve the knowledge and performance of the persons certified by BORA pursuant to the Building Code. The Board convenes monthly, as needed, to consider proposed amendments to the Florida Building and Fire Prevention codes to hear appeals on decisions made by Building and Fire Code Officials, and to render formal interpretations on the precise meanings of code sections that may be disputed. Board members and staff are continually working to provide stronger codes and greater safety for all who live and work in Broward County, and are well represented in state, national, and international organizations developing codes and standards.‚Äč