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Department of Development
Administration    
111 N. Front Street, 8th Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215  
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Property Maintenance Appeals Board

The Property Maintenance Appeals Board is the body that hears appeals of  Code Enforcement Notices of Violation.  Once an appeal request is received and approved, an appeal is scheduled. The person who received the Notice of Violation is notified of the date of their appeal hearing. 

  • The Property Maintenance Appeals Board members are:
  • Deborah Stokes (Chairwoman)
  • Mark Kafantaris, Esq.
  • Alex Macke
  • Katie McCann
  • Ellyn Fountain
  • Pamela Palmer
  • Reginald Pace

The City Code Section pertaining to Appeals is cited below.  If you have any questions about your Property Maintenance Appeal,  click here to go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or contact  Edgar Dillon in the  Code Enforcement Court Liaison Section or call (614) 645-7931.

Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of the Columbus City Codes, except as otherwise specified, including but not limited to the Nuisance Abatement Code, the Health, Sanitation, and Safety Code, the Housing Code, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, may request and shall be granted a hearing before the property maintenance appeals board on all matters set forth in such notice, provided that: 

  • Such person shall file a written petition for such appeal hearing in the neighborhood services division office within fifteen (15) calendar days after the notice is served; and,
  • The petition shall set forth the factual reasons why a particular violation or violations is being appealed.
  • Upon the receipt of such petition, the director, acting as secretary to the board, shall set a time and place for such hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof.
  • At such hearing all parties shall have the right to appear and be heard in person, or by legal counsel, to present their case.
  • The hearing shall be commenced not later than forty-five (45) calendar days after the day on which the petition is filed, except the board may continue the hearing by its own motion, or at the request of either party.

The property maintenance appeals board shall interpret the intent of the Health, Sanitation and Safety Code, this Housing Code and any rules or regulations adopted pursuant thereto.(Ord. 356-75; Ord. 859-01 § 47.)


4505.05 Variances.

The property maintenance appeals board may permit a reasonable minimum variance from the applicable section of the Housing Code upon appeal if:

  • A literal application of the pertinent code section(s) would cause an unnecessary financial hardship; and
  • The public health, safety, or welfare; the health, safety or welfare of any occupant of the dwelling; or the living environment of the community may not reasonably be expected to be materially threatened by failure to correct the violation(s) being appealed.