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BOARD OF RULES AND APPEALS GUIDELINES
Courtesy of the City Auditor and Clerk

Establishment: Chapter 11, Article III, Sarasota City Code

Board Membership - Qualifications and Other Requirements:

a) The members shall consist of the following:

one (1) member—licensed architect
one (1) member—licensed engineer
one (1) member—licensed mechanical contractor
one (1) member—licensed general contractor or licensed building contractor
one (1) member—licensed fire sprinkler contractor
one (1) member—licensed fire alarm contractor
one (1) member—licensed electrical contractor
one (1) member—licensed plumbing contractor

two (2) members who by reason of education, experience, and knowledge are deemed to be competent to sit in judgment of matters concerning the state building code and the state fire prevention code

three (3) consumer representatives who are not, and never have been a member or practitioner of a profession regulated by the board or a member of any closely related profession. Each member of the board shall reside in the city; or shall own property in the city; or shall own a business located within the city, unless the special requirements for membership warrant an exception. The board shall, to the greatest extent possible, be composed of members with expertise in building construction and fire safety standards, however, no more than one of said members shall be engaged in the same business, profession, or line of endeavor

Each member of the Board shall reside in the City; or shall own property in the City; or shall own a business located within the City, unless the special requirements for membership warrant an exception. The Board shall, to the greatest extent possible, be composed of members with expertise in building construction and fire safety standard.

b) Members should have reputations for integrity and community service, as well as have demonstrated an interest in the type of activity pertaining to the purpose of the Board. Members should also be representative of the community-at-large and reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural makeup of the community.

c) Financial Disclosure Forms are required by State law.

d) The City Commission makes appointments from submitted applications.

e) No person shall serve on more than one Board simultaneously unless special board membership requirements, pertaining to special qualifications of members, warrant an exception.

f) Board members shall be appointed for a three year term. Terms of service shall be staggered. No person shall serve more than two full consecutive terms on any one Board. Members shall continue to serve until a replacement has been appointed. After a one year period of non-membership, a person shall become eligible for reappointment to a Board on which that person previously served.

g) A board member shall be automatically removed from board membership at such time as the member's absences exceed twenty-five (25) percent of all scheduled board meetings, including workshop meetings, in a given calendar year unless the board, by majority vote, plus one (1), waives an absence by finding that unusual circumstances exist which warrant a waiver. A board member shall be considered not to have attended any meeting for which the member was not present for at least seventy-five (75) percent of the time the meeting was in session. Departments responsible for boards shall monitor attendance of board members and shall notify the subject board member when that member's absences, less those waived, exceed fifteen (15) percent of the scheduled meetings held. At that time, the department director or designee shall give notice in writing to the subject board member that automatic removal will occur if absences exceed twenty-five (25) percent of all scheduled meetings in a given calendar year. At such time as a member's absences exceed twenty-five (25) percent of all scheduled meetings, the department director or designee shall notify the city auditor and clerk who shall advise the subject member in writing that the member has automatically been removed from board membership.

h) The Board consist of 13 members.

i) The Board typically meets on the day of its choice once every quarter in City Hall Room 112. Special meetings are called as necessary.

Contact: Department of Neighborhood and Development Services, 954-4156.

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