The purpose of the Board is to hear appeals from interpretations of the Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, or Code Enforcement Administrator on interpretations of the Electrical, Plumbing, and Building Codes.
In so doing, the Board can vary the application of any provision of the Electrical, Plumbing, and Building Codes when, in its opinion, enforcement of a provision would be unjust and would be contrary to the spirit of those codes or to the public interest. Thus, it can modify or reverse an inspector's interpretation.
The Board also hears appeals from notices and orders of the City Manager or the City Manager's designee to repair, vacate, or demolish a building deemed unsafe for residential occupancy pursuant to the Oak Ridge Housing Code. The Board may dismiss the notice and order of the City Manager (or designee) or modify such notice and order to the extent the Board determines the order was improper, and/or it may grant or deny additional time for compliance with the Housing Code, or grant or deny a waiver from specific requirements.