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Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA)

The Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA):

  • hears appeals of Building Officials,
  • grants Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO), Temporary Certificates of Completion (TCC), and
  • issues Interpretations of the Building Code.

The Board also has authority on several other areas as outlined in the Building Code and the Miami-Dade Code Chapter 8. BORA can conduct investigation into the enforcement of the Code, and holds hearings at which interested persons may appear and be heard. If evidence indicates that the best interests of the public are served by taking action, the Board has the power to suspend or revoke permits.

The certification of Building Officials, Inspectors and Plans Examiners in accordance with the Building Code, before employment by any inspection authority regulated by the Code, is another function of the Board.

Board agendas and minutes

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Board appeals

Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Board of Rules and Appeals, whether or not a previous party to the decision, may apply to the Florida Building Commission. Any order, requirement, decision or determination of the Board of Rules and Appeals can be appealed. Formal Hearings on State Contractors can be appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court. Click here for instruction on how to request an appeal.

For general questions about the Board of Rules and Appeals please contact the Clerk of the Board.

Request an appeal of a Building Official decision

A request for an appeal must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Board. The Building Official’s written opinion, which is the basis of the appeal must be a part of the submittal request. The Board has the power to affirm, modify or reverse the decision of the Building Official regarding Code issues.

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Certification Subcommittee

The BORA Certification Subcommittee conducts meetings and makes recommendations to the full Board regarding all matters relating to certification and recertification of Building Officials, Plans Examiners and Inspectors.

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Board interpretations

A request for an interpretation must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Board. Only Building Officials or the Secretary of the Board can make an interpretation request.

  • See the list of interpretations issued by the Board of Rules and Appeals and the Construction Trades Qualifying Board
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Extension of Temporary Certificate of Occupancy or Completion

A request for an extension of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy or Completion must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Board.

The completed Temporary Extension of Occupancy (TCO) or Temporary Extensions of Completion (TCC) Form must be a part of the submittal. These forms include sections where the Building Official must indicate his recommendation. (Refer to BORA Form - Instructions on Submitting an TCO Appeal and Instructions on Submitting an TCC Appeal.)

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