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Building Code Review Committee

Applicable Committee Guidelines

The ad hoc Building Code Review Committee is classified as a Single Purpose Committee. Members of this Committee are appointed by the Board of Managers.

Click here to view the full "Guidelines for Committees".

Scope of Work

The ad hoc committee would be tasked with reviewing each aspect of the Building Code seeking to:

  • simplify provisions
  • re-word confusing language and references
  • re-orient the sections so they are in a more logical layout
  • eliminate discrepancies, contradictions or inconsistencies as discovered in the current Code
  • address complaints of bureaucracy and "heavy-handed"¯ provisions that are no longer useful
  • make recommendations for substantive changes

Click here to view the full project plan for the Comprehensive Review and Re-Write of the Chevy Chase Village Building Code.

Recommended Timeline

June 2012 - Board appointment of the ad hoc Building Code Review Committee

October through November 2012 - Interim report from the ad hoc committee (depending on the length of the report, the Board may choose to convene a work session with the members of the ad hoc committee to review the interim findings)

January 2013 - Final committee report/Public Hearing on recommended revisions to the Building Code

March 2013 - Adoption of the revised Ordinance¹.

Depending on the committee's comfort level, the comprehensive review should be completed within six months, with bi-monthly updates provided to the Board of Managers detailing the committee's progress, and seeking Board input on any areas requiring Board guidance.

[1]Substantive amendments to the Building Code require a 30-day review and comment period by the Montgomery County Council. Sufficient time should be permitted for this review.

Current Membership

  • Mary Sheehan, Chair;
  • Greg Dixon
  • James Durham
  • Thomas Jackson 
  • David Jones
  • Rob Josephs
  • Marc Weller


Board Representatives:

 Patricia Baptiste, Vice Chair

Staff Representative: Ellen Sands, Permitting & Code Enforcement Coordinator



December 3, 2012

January 3, 2013

February 3, 2013

February 28, 2013


Minutes and Related Documents:

December 3, 2012

January 3, 2013

February 3, 2013

February 28, 2013