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Decisions 2010

10-888: Nottingham Street Realty Corp. v. City of Lowell pdf format of    10-888_nottingham_street_realty_corp_v._city_of_lo  (230kb)

June 3, 2010

Issue: Whether the Building Code Appeals Board has jurisdiction over matters not pertaining to the State Building Code, but instead arises from G.L. c. 139 which provides that the venue for an appeal arising out of the statute should be the superior court.

  • 780 CMR 122.1 State Building Appeals Board

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10-878: Shaul Perry v. Town of Amherst pdf format of    10-878_shaul_perry_v_town_of_amherst.pdf  (967kb)

May 27, 2010

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 903.2.8 that requires a full NFPA 13 fire sprinkler system for a building with aggregate building area of 12,000 square feet or more.

  • 780 CMR 901.7 - General - Fire Protection Systems Approval
  • 780 CMR 903.2.8 - Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required - Group R

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10-877: MA Division of Capital Asset Mgmt. v. State Building Inspector pdf format of    10-877_ma_division_of_capital_asset_mgmt_v_state_b  file size 1MB (1.03mb)

May 27, 2010

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from requirements related to emergency voice/alarm and visual and audible alarm notification appliances in the 7 th Edition 780 CMR 907.2.12.2, 780 CMR 907.9.1, and 780 CMR 907.9.2, and whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 716.5.3.1 requiring fire and smoke dampers at duct penetrations of shaft enclosures.

  • 780 CMR 907.2.12.2 - Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Where Required - High-rise Buildings - Emergency Voice/Alarm Communication System
  • 780 CMR 907.9.1 - Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Alarm Notification Systems - Visible Alarms
  • 780 CMR 907.9.2 - Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Alarm Notification Systems - Audible Alarms
  • 780 CMR 716.5.3.1 - Ducts and Air Transfer Openings - Where Required - Shaft Enclosures - Penetrations of Shaft Enclosures

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10-875: Lasell College v. City of Newton pdf format of    10-875_lasell_college_v_city_of_newton.pdf  (749kb)

May 18, 2010

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition CMR 3400.4.1.1 which requires every space and/or story to be provided with a number of means of egress no less than the minimum required by Code Section 1018.1.

  • 780 CMR 3400.4.1.1 - Scope - Special Provision for Means of Egress - Existing Non Conforming Means of Egress - Assembly Nightclubs (A-2nc) Main Entrance/Exit Door Size
  • 780 CMR 1018.1 - Number of Exits and Continuity - Minimum Number of Exits
  • 780 CMR 1019.1 - Vertical Exit Enclosures - Enclosures Required - Exception 9
  • 780 CMR 120.S202.1.1 - Compliance Alternatives for Egress Requirements - Number of Exits - General Compliance Alternatives

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10-874: Ben Pinkowitz v. Town of Freetown pdf format of    10-874_ben_pinkowitz_v_town_of_freetown.pdf  (779kb)

May 18, 2010

Issue: Whether a Certificate of Occupancy was required for building permittable work, and whether Stop Work Order should be overturned because of the Building Official's failure to conduct final inspections.

  • 780 CMR 120.2 - Certificate of Occupancy - Buildings or Structures Hereafter Altered

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Johnson v. Town of Dennis pdf format of    10-848_johnson_v_town_of_dennis.pdf  (677kb)

March 4, 2010

Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 5111.8 to allow an alternative door locking mechanism that is operable from the inside, and has a wireless system.

  • 780 CMR 5111.8-Permits-Expiration of Permits

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Metrano v. Town of Middleborough pdf format of    10-841_metrano_v_town_of_middleborough.pdf  (524kb)

March 4, 2010

Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 5310.1 to permit as the secondary egress of a finished basement, the use of an exit leading through a garage with rollup doors.

  • 780 CMR 5310.1-Emergency Escape & Rescue Openings-Emergency Escape and Rescue Required

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Vidal v. Town of East Falmouth pdf format of    10-837_vidal_v_town_of_east_falmouth.pdf  (449kb)

February 4, 2010

Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 120.G501.1 and 7 th edition 780 CMR 120.G601.1 to replace the more stringent standard of 120.G601.1 for the standard of 120.G501.1.

  • 780 CMR G501.1-Flood Hazard Zones-Construction in Flood Hazard Zones (A-Zones)
  • 780 CMR G601.1-High Hazard Zones-Construction in High Hazard Zones (V-Zones)

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Yarosh Assocs., Inc. v. City of Newton pdf format of    10-836_yarosh_assocs_v_city_of_newton.pdf  (966kb)

January 19, 2010

Issue: Whether the thumb turn lock installed on exterior egress doors of a mercantile building at the property is a violation of 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1017.4.1.

  • 780 CMR 1017.4.1 (6 th Edition)-Means of Egress Doorways-Door Hardware-Locks and Latches

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Conley v. City of Boston pdf format of    10-835_conley_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (881kb)

January 19, 2010

Issue: Whether the Appellant must obtain a permit from the Boston Inspectional Services Department for modifications to the property's driveway shared with the adjoining property done without her knowledge and consent.

  • 780 CMR 110.1-Application for Permit-Permit Application

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Adams v. City of Waltham pdf format of    10-834_adams_v_city_of_waltham.pdf  (256kb)

January 19, 2010

Issue: Whether the property in question should be classified as an R-1 or R-2 occupancy under 7 th edition780 CMR 310.1.

780 CMR 310.1-Residential Group R

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Adams v. City of Waltham pdf format of    10-833_adams_v_city_of_waltham.pdf  (291kb)

January 19, 2010

Issue: Whether the property in question should be classified as an R-1 or R-2 occupancy under 780 CMR 310.1.

  • 780 CMR 310.1-Residential Group R

 

 

 

Decisions 2009

Lena New Boston v. City of Boston pdf format of    09-781_787_lena_new_boston_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (244kb)

September 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 705, 705.1, and 705.2 under the condition that the current 2-hour fire rated walls will be accepted only if an NFP 13 system is installed in the units.

  • 780 CMR 705-Fire Walls
  • 780 CMR 705.1-Fire Walls-General
  • 780 CMF 705.2-Fire Walls-Structural Stability

Nexamp, Inc v. City of Woburn pdf format of    09-780_nexamp_v_city_of_woburn.pdf  (212kb)

September 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance requesting the use of 2009 IBS as opposed to 7 th edition 780 CMR.

( Note: Appellant withdrew request based on the fact that there was no longer a need for a variance.)

Nexamp, Inc v. City of Chelmsford pdf format of    09-779_nexamp_v_city_of_chelmsford.pdf  (215kb)

September 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance requesting the use of 2009 IBS as opposed to 7 th edition 780 CMR.

( Note: Appellant withdrew request based on the fact that there was no longer a need for a variance.)

Campanelli Cos. v. Town of Westfield pdf format of    09-777_778_campanelli_companies_v_town_of_westfiel  (219kb)

August 25, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 7th edition 780 CMR 910.3 and 903.3.3. for HLVS fans.

  • 780 CMR 910.3-Smoke and Heat Vents-Design & Installation
  • 780 CMR 903.3.3-Automatic Sprinkler Systems-Installation Requirements-Obstructed Locations

Rosie's Place v. City of Boston pdf format of    09-776_rosies_place_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (193kb)

August 25, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th edition 780 CMR 705.2 to allow for a door for a door opening and window openings to be installed along the lot line.

  • 780 CMR 705.2-Fire Resistance Ratings

Golberg v. Town of Brookline pdf format of    09-775_goldberg_v_town_of_brookline.pdf  (215kb)

August 25, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th edition 780 CMR relative to Failure to Act with the condition that the Brookline Building Commissioner sends a letter

Breau v. Town of Needham pdf format of    09-774_breau_v_town_of_needham.pdf  (197kb)

August 25, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th edition 780 CMR 3603.12.1 and 3603.13.2 based on the fact that it would be hardship to meet the requirement with marginal safety gain

  • 780 CMR 3603.12.1-Chapter 36 has expired
  • 780 CMR 3603.13.2-Chapter 36 has expired

Cohen v. Town of Chatham pdf format of    09-773_cohen_v_town_of_chatham.pdf  (205kb)

August 25, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th edition 780 CMR relative to Failure to Act and allow for a temporary certificate of occupancy to be issued

Millennium Records Mgmt., LLC v. Town of Franklin pdf format of    09-772_millenium_records_v_town_of_franklin.pdf  (487kb)

August 25, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th edition 780 CMR 903.2.1 based on the fact that there is a sprinkler system implemented already

  • 903.2.1-Fire Protection Systems Approval/Acceptance-Alternative Fire Protection Design Methodologies-Independent Engineering Review



 

Quincy Housing Authority v. City of Quincy pdf format of    10-873_quincy_housing_authority_v_city_of_quincy.p  (1,000kb)

May 13, 2010

Issues:

  • Whether an HVAC upgrade project should be permitted based on appellant's assertion that all Code-required design and construction information necessary for Building Permit issuance has been submitted to the Quincy Inspectional Services Department (Q-ISD)?
  • Whether the code requirements of Chapter 34 (Energy Conservation), in conjunction with applicable requirements of Chapter 1 (Application for Permit) and 13 (Jurisdiction) have been satisfied?
  • 780 CMR 110.1 - Application for Permit - Permit Applications
  • 780 CMR 110.4 - Application for Permit - Form of Application
  • 780 CMR 110.7 - Application for Permit - Construction Documents
  • 780 CMR 110.8 - Application for Permit - Engineering Details, Reports, Calculations, Plans and Specifications
  • 780 CMR 111.1 - Permits - Action on Application
  • 780 CMR 3404.19 - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less - Energy Conservation
  • 780 CMR 3407 - Energy Conservation
  • 780 CMR 3407.1 - Energy Conservation - General
  • 780 CMR 1301.1 - Jurisdiction - Energy Efficiency

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Rolando v. Town of Concord pdf format of    10-849_rolando_v_town_of_concord.pdf  (417kb)

May 3, 2010

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 5313.5.1 thereby relieving appellant from the installing required automatic sprinklers?

  • 780 CMR 5313.5.1 - Life Safety Systems - Sprinklers - Dwellings Requiring Sprinklers

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South Natick Hills, LCC [sic] v. Town of Natick pdf format of    09-819_south_natick_hills_lcc_v_town_of_natick.pdf  (509kb)

January 14, 2010

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 903.2.8 thereby allowing an alternate fire sprinkler protection system in a building with a Group R occupancy?

  • 780 CMR 903.2.8 - Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Group R

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Dunham v. City of Quincy pdf format of    09-818_dunham_v_city_of_quincy.pdf  file size 1MB (1.01mb)

January 14, 2010

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 103 and 780 CMR 5311?

  • 780 CMR 103 - Maintenance
  • 780 CMR 5311 - Building Planning For Single and Two Family Dwellings - Means of Egress

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W Boston Hotel and Residences v. City of Boston pdf format of    09-817_w_boston_hotel_and_residence_v_city_of_bost  file size 1MB (1.49mb)

December 29, 2009

Issue:

  • Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 1013.1, 1013.2, 1013.2.1 in order to allow egress through a common parking garage?
  • Whether appellant should be granted a variance from 780 CMR 1017.1, 1018.3, 1020.1, 1024.1, 1024.1.1 for the exit width of stairs based on occupancy load?
  • 780 CMR 1013.1 - Exit Access - General
  • 780 CMR 1013.2 - Exit Access - Egress Through Intervening Spaces
  • 780 CMR 1013.2.1 - Exit Access - Egress Through Intervening Spaces - Multiple Tenants
  • 780 CMR 1017.1 - Exits - General
  • 780 CMR 1018.3 - Number of Exits and Continuity - Exit Continuity
  • 780 CMR 1020.1 - Exit Passageways - Exit Passageway
  • 780 CMR 1024.1 - Assembly - General
  • 780 CMR 1024.1.1 - Assembly - General - Nightclubs

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Bullfinch Companies v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    09-816_bullfinch_companies_v_city_of_cambridge.pdf  (745kb)

January 14, 2010

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance allowing them to use the 6 th edition of 780 CMR instead of the current one since the parking garage in question was started under the 6 th edition?

  • 6 th edition of 780 CMR

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Graves v. Town of Needham pdf format of    09-815_graves_v_town_of_needham.pdf  (666kb)

November 18, 2009

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 5311.5, 5311.5.1, and 5311.5.4 for a "non required" stair?

  • 780 CMR 5311.5 - Means of Egress - Stairways
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.1 - Means of Egress - Stairways - Width
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.4 - Means of Egress - Stairways - Landings for Stairways

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MacCarthy v. Town of Shirley pdf format of    09-814_maccarthy_v_town_of_shirley.pdf  (880kb)

November 18, 2009

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 5311.5.3.1, 5311.5.6, 5703.8, 5703.10.2, 5703.4?

  • 780 CMR 5311.5.3.1 - Means of Egress - Stairways - Stair Treads and Risers - Riser Height
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.6 - Means of Egress - Stairways - Handrails
  • 780 CMR 5703.4 - Exterior Covering - Attachments
  • 780 CMR 5703.8 - Exterior Covering - Flashing
  • 780 CMR 5703.10.2 - Exterior Covering - Fiber Cement Siding - Horizontal Lap Siding

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Spinney v. Town of Dudley pdf format of    09-813_spinney_v_town_of_dudley.pdf  file size 1MB (1.06mb)

November 18, 2009

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 5305 for basement ceiling height?

  • 780 CMR 5305 - Ceiling Height

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Kiemon v. City of Boston pdf format of    09-812_kiemon_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (758kb)

November 18, 2009

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to 780 CMR 1022.0, 1022.4, 1022.5, 1022.6, 1023.3, and 1208.2 thereby allowing a stairway to replace a ladder as an improved means of egress?

  • 780 CMR 1022.0 - Exterior Exit Ramps and Stairways
  • 780 CMR 1022.4 - Exterior Exit Ramps and Stairways - Side Yards
  • 780 CMR 1022.5 - Exterior Exit Ramps and Stairways - Location
  • 780 CMR 1022.6 - Exterior Exit Ramps and Stairways - Exterior Ramps and Stairway Protection
  • 780 CMR 1023.3 - Exit Discharge - Exit Discharge Location
  • 780 CMR 1208.2 - Interior Space Dimensions - Minimum Ceiling Heights

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Boston Symphony Orchestra v. Town of Stockbridge pdf format of    09-811_boston_symphony_orchestra_v_town_of_stockbr  (717kb)

December 9, 2009

Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance to the 780 CMR 1607.7.1 regarding a newly installed balustrade that is considered strictly a decorative, ornamental railing?

  • 780 CMR 1607.7.1 - Live Loads - Loads on Handrails, Guards, Grab Bars and Vehicle Barriers - Handrails and Guards

Problem with this one - the decision states that the variance is to the sixth edition of the 780 CMR but there is no 1607.7.1 in the 6 th ed., although it does exist in the current version. I'm thinking that was a typo but it appeared several times so I just wanted to run it by you.

See http://www.mass.gov/Eeops/docs/dps/BuildingCode/780016PT1.pdf pdf format of    780016PT1.pdf  (6th Edition of 780 CMR)

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Theocles v. City of Holyoke pdf format of    09-832_theocles_v_city_of_holyoke.pdf  (281kb)

December 22, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 105 CMR 410.480 and MGL c. 143 §3R.

  • 105 CMR 410.480-Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation-Locks
  • MGL c. 143 §3R-Inspection and Regulation of, and License For, Buildings, Elevators, and Cinematographs-Apartment House; exterior doors and locks

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The Bement School v. Town of Deerfield pdf format of    09-831_bement_school_v_town_of_deerfield.pdf  (847kb)

December 22, 2009

Issue: Whether a variance from 780 CMR 907.2.10.1.2 and 907.2.10.3 is appropriate for the proposed fire alarm and communication system for a new dormitory being constructed.

  • 780 CMR 907.2.10.1.2-Fire Alarm and Detection Systems-Where Required-Single and Multiple-station Smoke Alarms-Where Required-Groups R-2, R-3, R-4, I-1
  • 780 CMR 907.2.10.3-Fire Alarm and Detection Systems-Where Required-Single and Multiple-station Smoke Alarms-Interconnection

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425 East Sixth Condominium Trust v. City of Boston pdf format of    09-828_425_east_sixth_street_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (752kb)

December 22, 2009

Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted relief from the appellee's order requiring plans and calculations of the drywell installed under permit.

  • 780 CMR 110.8-Application for Permit-Engineering Details, Reports, Calculations, Plans and Specifications
  • MGL c. 143 §54A-Acceptance or approval of plans for construction, etc.; necessity of seal of architect or professional engineer

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Conquerors for Christ Church v. Town of North Dartmouth pdf format of    09-827_conquerors_for_christ_v_town_of_north_dartm  file size 1MB (1.26mb)

December 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 7 th edition of 780 CMR 111.1.

  • 780 CMR 111.1-Permits-Action on Application

( Note: this case was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction and appeal would have to be brought before the Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board)

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McNeill v. City of Waltham pdf format of    09-826_mcneill_v_city_of_waltham.pdf  (850kb)

December 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from the 7 th edition 780 CMR 4311.5.1, 5311.5.3.2 and 5311.5.2 to allow the attic as a livable space.

  • 780 CMR 5311.5.1-Means of Egress-Stairways-Width
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.3.2-Means of Egress-Stairways-Stair Treads and Risers-Tread Depth
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.2-Means of Egress-Stairways-Headroom

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Menjivar v. City of Malden pdf format of    09-825_menjivar_v_city_of_malden.pdf  (914kb)

December 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 5118 to allow the existing basement space to be retained except for that which does not comply.

  • 780 CMR 5118-Violations

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LaMantia v. Town of Southbridge pdf format of    09-824_lamantia_v_town_of_southbridge.pdf  (959kb)

December 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 108.3.5.1 and uphold the denial letter dated August 15, 2009 issued by the Building Inspector.

  • 780 CMR 108.3.5.1-Rules and Regulations-Activities Requiring Licenses, Registration of Certification-Licensing of Construction Supervisors

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Berkshire Botanical Garden v. Town of Stockbridge pdf format of    09-823_berkshire_botantical_v_town_of_stockbridge.  (882kb)

December 3, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR Table 503 to allow a supervised smoke and heat detection system to be installed.

  • 780 CMR Table 503-Allowable Height and Building Areas

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Little v. Town of Shrewsbury pdf format of    09-822_little_v_town_of_shrewsbury.pdf  (993kb)

November 24, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 5319.1 through 5319.3 and allow the non pressure treated sills to remain in place.

  • 780 CMR 5319.1-Protection Against Decay-Location Required
  • 780 CMR 5319.2-Protection Against Decay-Quality Mark
  • 780 CMR 5319.3-Protection Against Decay-Fasteners

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Children's Hospital of Boston v. City of Peabody pdf format of    09-821_childrens_hospital_v_city_of_peabody.pdf  (889kb)

November 24, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 7 th edition 780 CMR 705.1, 705.2 and 705.5 and allow substitution of a fire wall with "back-to-back" 2 hour fire-resistant rated walls.

  • 780 CMR 705.1-Fire Walls-General
  • 780 CMR 705.2-Fire Walls-Structural Stability
  • 780 CMR 705.5-Fire Walls-Horizontal Continuity

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42-44 Grove St. Realty Trust v. City of Melrose pdf format of    09-820_grove_st_trust_v_city_of_melrose.pdf  (977kb)

November 24, 2009

Issue: Whether to grant the Appellant a variance from 780 CMR 103.

  • 780 CMR 103-Maintenance

( Note: Appeal withdrawn by the Appellant's representative)



 

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09-810: Chinmaya Mission Boston v. City/Town of Andover*

October 20, 2009

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition CMR pertaining to NFPA 13 2002 Edition, section 4.1 to not install sprinkler heads.

  • 780 CMR pertaining to NFPA 13 2002 edition, section 4.1 (maybe 780 CMR 903.2.8 - Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required - Group R?)

 

09-809: Paul Gagel v. City/Town of Osterville

October 20 2009

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 1009.0, which regulates stairways and handrails, to allow a stair lift to be installed under the condition that the lift does not encroach more than 20 inches into the stairwell.

  • 780 CMR 1009.0 - Stairways and Handrails

 

09-808: S & D Properties, LLC v. City/Town of Marshfield

October 20, 2009

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 120.G101, which requires all buildings erected in areas prone to flooding and/or coastal dunes shall be constructed and elevated as required by the provisions of 780 CMR 120.G.

  • 780 CMR 120.G.101 - Flood Resistant Construction in Coastal Dunes - General

 

 

09-807: Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. City/Town of Cambridge

October 20, 2009

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 905.3.1which requires Class III automatic standpipe systems to be installed throughout buildings of certain height in relation to the level of fire department vehicle access, when neither the Building Department nor the Fire Department opposes the variation.

  • 780 CMR 905.3.1 - Standpipe Systems - Required Installations - Building Height

 

09-806: Q.R. Development, LLC v. City/Town of Walpole

October 20, 2009

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from the 7 th Edition 780 CMR 903.2.8 that requires all buildings with Group R occupancy to install automatic sprinkler systems in accordance with 78- CMR 903.3.

  • 780 CMR 903.2.8 - Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required - Group R

Community Rowing, Inc v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts

June 14, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1014.11 and render an interpretation about 6th Edition 780 CMR 805.1.

  • 780 CMR 1014.11-Stairways-Interior Stairway Enclosures
  • 780 CMR 805.1-Floor Finish--General

 

Cutone v. City of Boston

March 6, 2008

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1010.2 and 1014.8.2 to permit a roof deck to be constructed

  • 780 CMR 1010.2-Number of Exits-Minimum Number
  • 780 CMR 1014.8.2-Stairways-Egress Doors-Direction of Swing

 

Better Living Sunrooms v. Town of Acton

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 3603.14.2 for a glass-enclosed sunroom.

  • 780 CMR 3603.14.2-Chapter 36 of the 6th Edition has expired

( Note: The Board rendered an interpretation of 780 CMR 3603.14.2 and determined that a variance was not required.)

 

Woodworth v. Town of New Bedford

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1204.1 relative to ceiling height requirements.

  • 780 CMR 1204.1-Room Dimensions-Ceiling Heights

 

Keenan v. Town of Haverhill

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1020.2.2.

  • 780 CMR 1020.2.2-Level of Exit Discharge Passageways Used as an Exit Element-Vestibule-Separation

 

Starck v. Putnam

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1017.4 relating to door hardware

  • 780 CMR 1017.4-Means of Egress Doorways-Door Hardware

Hastings v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_477_hastings_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (186kb)

October 4, 2009

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 780 CMR 904.1 and 906.2.1 relating to the omission of sprinkler protection in an electrical transformer vault, within a new residential, parking, and retail building?
  • 780 CMR 904.1- Fire Protection Systems - Fire Suppression Systems - Where Required
  • 780 CMR 906.2.1- Fire Protection Systems - Fire Sprinkler System - Equipped Throughout - NfiPA 13 Systems

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Colby v. Town of Ipswich pdf format of    09_771_colby_v_town_of_ipswich.pdf  (205kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellants should be granted the ability to enforce the following provisions of the State Building Code, 780 CMR 110.1; 111.12; and 118.2, in relation to a boardwalk built on an existing appurtenant easement burdening Appellants' property?
  • 780 CMR 110.1- Application for Permit - Permit Application
  • 780 CMR 111.12- Permits - Revocation of Permits
  • 780 CMR 118.2- Violations - Notice of Violation

Alex v. Town of Weston pdf format of    09_770_alex_v_town_of_weston.pdf  (196kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 1016.4; 1016.5; and 1016.6, in relation to a walkway attached to a doctor's office/residence, which is considered a historical residence, and which was designed in a way that would best accommodate patients and preserve the nature of the property?
  • 780 CMR 1016.4- Corridors - Air Movement in Corridors
  • 780 CMR 1016.5- Corridors - Corridor Continuity
  • 780 CMR 1016.6- Non-existent

Salhofen (o/b/o: Ostrow Electric Company) v. Town of Danvers pdf format of    09_769_salhofen_o_b_o_ostrow_electric_company_v_to  (196kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of the 7 th edition Building Code of 780 CMR 1604.10, relating to light poles which were designed to wind load requirements under the same section of the 6 th edition?
  • 780 CMR 1604.10- Structural Design - General Design Requirements - Snow, Wind, and Earthquake Design Factors

Bradley v. Town of West Yarmouth pdf format of    09_768_bradley_v_town_of_west_yarmouth.pdf  (205kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 3603.13, relating to alternating tread stairs, which are not regulated by the Code, and which are commonly used in ships?
  • 780 CMR 3603.13- Chapter 36 has expired in the 7 th edition of the Building Code

Harvard University v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    09_767_harvard_university_v_city_of_cambridge.pdf  (202kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of NFPA 8.5.5.3.1, in relation to not requiring sprinkler heads below the optical table clouds, per the NFPA standard?
  • NFPA 13 § 8.5.5.3.1- Installation of Sprinkler Systems (National Fire Protection Association)

Fulton School Residences LP v. Town of Weymouth pdf format of    09_766_fulton_school_residences_lp_v_town_of_weymo  (212kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 1014.11; 1022.1; and 1017.3, based on relief relating to 780 CMR 34, involving historical buildings?
  • 780 CMR 1014.11- Exit and Exit Access Doorways - Interior Stairway Enclosures
  • 780 CMR 1022.1- Handrails - General
  • 780 CMR 1017.3- Doorways - Size of Doors

Avon Freezer Facility v. Town of Avon pdf format of    09_765_avon_freezer_facility_v_town_of_avon.pdf  (209kb)

August 6, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance for the installation of an alternate fire protection design methodology according to the standard set forth in 780 CMR 901.7.2.1 of the 6 th edition?
  • 780 CMR 901.7.2.1- Fire Protections and Life Safety Systems - General - Fire Protection Systems Approval/Acceptance - Authority - Alternative Fire Protection Design Methodologies-Independent Engineering Review

Walker v. Town of Tewksbury pdf format of    09_758_walker_v_town_of_tewksbury.pdf  (192kb)

July 21, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR Table 503, of the 6 th edition, in relation to finishing an attic and turning it into an office, which would then make the multiple single family dwelling over the allowable two stories?
  • 780 CMR Table 503- Height and Area Limitations of Buildings

Downing v. City of Braintree pdf format of    09_755_downing_v_city_of_braintree.pdf  (193kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellants should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 1025.0; 1018.2; and 1208.2, in relation to a dwelling with two stories and a finished apartment in the basement which Appellants are seeking to legalize?
  • 780 CMR 1025.0- Means of Egress - Emergency Escape and Rescue
  • 780 CMR 1018.2- Means of Egress - Number of Exits and Continuity - Buildings with One Exit
  • 780 CMR 1208.2- Interior Environment - Interior Space Dimensions - Minimum Ceiling Heights

Perkins v. Town of Ipswich pdf format of    09_754_perkins_v_town_of_ipswich.pdf  (207kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance for hardship related to strict compliance with 780 CMR which mentions 105 CMR 410.480, concerning the locks and intercom system on a six unit dwelling's main entry door?
  • 780 CMR- State Board of Building Standards and Regulations
  • 105 CMR 410.480- Department of Public Health - Minimum Standards for Fitness for Human Habitation - Locks

O'Sullivan (o/b/o: Ranger Mills Ltd. Partners) v. City of Methuen pdf format of    09_753_o_sullivan_o_b_o_ranger_mills_ltd_partners_  (224kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 780 CMR Table 1014.1; 1013.7; 3404.5; and 3400.4, in relation to a multiple unit apartment building, with alterations resulting in one means of egress to the common corridor from each unit, due to the removal of the existing doors which open up into the existing stairwell?
  • 780 CMR Table 1014.1- Exit and Exit Access Doorways - Spaces with one Means of Egress Table
  • 780 CMR 1013.7- ?
  • 780 CMR 3404.5- Existing Structures - Requirements for Continuation of the same Use Group or change of a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index. Of One or Less. - Number of Means of Egress
  • 780 CMR 3400.4- Existing Structures - Special Provisions for Means of Egress

Michelman (o/b/o: Notus Clean Energy LLC) v. Town of Falmouth pdf format of    09_752_michelman_o_b_o_notus_clean_energy_llc_v_to  (213kb)

June 23, 3009

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance, and allow a wind turbine to comply with the 6 th edition requirements of 780 CMR 106.2, and not the 7 th edition?
  • 780 CMR 106.2- Duties and Powers of the Building Official - Applications and Permits

McDonough v. Town of Norton pdf format of    09_751_mcdonough_v_town_of_norton.pdf  (200kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 5310.1, relating to a small (288 sq. ft.) habitable basement, where permits for the alteration were granted and work was completed?
  • 780 CMR 5310.1- Building Planning and Construction for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Building Planning for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Emergency Escape and Rescue Required

Weisker v. Town of Mansfield pdf format of    09_750_weisker_v_town_of_mansfield.pdf  (197kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 5302.1; 5302.2; and 5302.3, for firewall requirements, involving the construction of a garage and breezeway to be connected to an existing dwelling?
  • 780 CMR 5302.1- Building Planning and Construction for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Building Planning for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Location on Lot- Exterior Walls
  • 780 CMR 5302.2- Building Planning and Construction for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Building Planning for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Location on Lot- Openings
  • 780 CMR 5302.3- Building Planning and Construction for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Building Planning for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings - Location on Lot- Penetrations

 

Silva v. Town of Melrose pdf format of    09_736_silva_v_town_of_melrose.pdf  file size 4MB (4.28mb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 5110.1 to allow building inspections to occur without opening and/or removing of walls and ceilings of the home, or removing the third floor kitchen.
  • 780 CMR 5110.1 - Administration for Single and Two Family Dwellings - Permit Application

McDonough v. Town of Norton pdf format of    09_751_mcdonough_v_town_of_norton.pdf  (200kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 5310.1 to bypass the requirement of an emergency escape in a refinished basement.
  • 780 CMR 5310.1 - Emergency Escape and Rescue Required

Capozzi v. Town of Reading pdf format of    09_740_capozzi_v_town_of_reading.pdf  file size 3MB (3.25mb)

May 26, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.2 to allow for a basement stairway with a head height below the 6-6 requirement.
  • 780 CMR 5311.5.2 - Building Planning for Single and Two Family Dwellings - Stairways - Headroom

Brian W. Humes, AIA v. Town of Bolton pdf format of    09_743_brian_humes_aia_v_town_of_bolton.pdf  file size 1MB (1.64mb)

May 26, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 918.1 and NFPA 72-2002 5.7.4.2.2 to allow for the placement of three smoke detectors in the return air ductwork as a substitute for open air detectors.
  • 780 CMR 918.1 - Fire Protection Systems - General
  • NFPA 72-2002 5.7.4.2.2 - National Fire Alarm Code

Weisker v. Town of Mansfield pdf format of    09_750_weisker_v_town_of_mansfield.pdf  (197kb)

June 23, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 5302.1, 5302.2, and 5302.3 to bypass the Fire Wall requirements when constructing a breezeway and garage.
  • 780 CMR 5302.1 - Building Planning for Single and Two Family Dwellings - Exterior Walls
  • 780 CMR 5302.2 - Building Planning for Single and Two Family Dwellings - Openings
  • 780 CMR 5302.3 - Building Planning for Single and Two Family Dwellings - Penetrations

Herzog Holdings, LLC v. Town of Leominister pdf format of    09_737_herzog_holdings_llc_v_town_of_leominister.p  file size 2MB (2.28mb)

May 7, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from M.G.L. c.143, §3R to allow an alternative door locking mechanism that is operable from the inside, and has a wireless system.
  • M.G.L. c.143, §3R - Inspection and Regulation of, and Licenses for, Buildings, Elevators and Cinematographs - Inspection of Buildings - Apartment houses; exterior doors and locks

Pentland v. Town of Northborough pdf format of    09_731_pentland_v_town_of_northborough.pdf  file size 8MB (8.04mb)

May 7, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted his request from 6 th Edition 780 CMR reference to M.G.L. c. 143, §100 to overturn the local building official's determination of an A-2 nc use of restaurant/bar.
  • 780 CMR reference to M.G.L. c. 143, §100 - Building code appeals board

Avalon Bay Communities, Inc. v. Town of Randolph pdf format of    09_732_avalon_bay_communities_v_town_of_randolph-1  (80kb)

September 3, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed to appeal from 6 th Edition 780 CMR and leave the original permits in place as issued as the NFiPA 13R system was allowed to be installed in the proposed structure and thus making the Building Commissioner's refusal to approve the plans improper.
  • 780 CMR 904.7 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group R-2

Contois v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_733_contois_v_city_of_boston.pdf  file size 1MB (1.66mb)

May 7, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 403.8 and 921.7 to bypass the requirement that all elevators must be provided with elevator lobbies and/or smoke control systems that prevent smoke and gases from entering the elevator shaft.
  • 780 CMR 403.8 - Special Use and Occupancy - Elevators
  • 780 CMR 921.7 - Fire Protection Systems - Elevators

Frehywot v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    09_734_frehywot_v_city_of_cambridge.pdf  file size 2MB (2.86mb)

May 7, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 3603.3.2 and 7 th Edition 780 CMR 5302.2 to place windows in newly proposed dormer, and existing exterior wall of property which is less than three feet from the property line is said property.
  • 780 CMR 3603.3.2 - Building Planning - Fire resistance rating of exterior walls -
  • 780 CMR 5302.2 - Location on Lot - Openings

Hastings v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    09_735_hastings_v_city_of_cambridge.pdf  file size 2MB (2.01mb)

May 7, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 904.2 and 906.2.1 to omit sprinkler protection in renovated electrical transformer vault as required.
  • 780 CMR 904.2 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1 in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area:
  • 780 CMR 906.2.1 - Fire Sprinkler System - NFiPA 13 systems



 

Slavic Church of W. Springfield v. City of West Springfield pdf format of    09_712_slavic_church_of_west_springfield_v._city_o  (123kb)

April 9, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant church should be granted a variance from the provisions of 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3107.53. to allow for building a sloped auditorium below the Flood Elevation.
  • 780. C.M.R 3107.5.3 - Flood Resistant Construction - Flood Hazard Zones - Enclosures Below Base Flood Elevation

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Corporation of Presiding Bishop of the Church of Latter-day Saints v. City of North Brookfield pdf format of    09_711_church_of_latter_day_saints_v._city_of_broo  (518kb)

May 15, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant church emergency power provided for the fire pump was in accordance with the requirements of the 6 th Edition 780 CMR 924.1 and 924.3.
  • 780 CMR 924.1 - Fire Pumps - General
  • 780 CMR 924.3 - Fire Pumps - Emergency Power

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Learn and Play Pre-school v. City of Acton pdf format of    09_709_learn_and_play_preschool_v._city_of_ccton.p  (119kb)

April 9, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant preschool should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition CMR 1208.2, to allow a ceiling below the height required by section 1208.2.
  • 780 CMR 1208.2 - Interior Space Dimensions - Minimum Ceiling Heights

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MIT v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    09_708_mit_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (129kb)

April 9, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 3408.5.1 and Table 1606.1, to allow it's dormitory building to have a lower floor load capacity then required.
  • 780 CMR 3408.5.1 - Structural Requirements for Existing Buildings - Alterations, Repairs and Change of Use - Floor Loads
  • 780 CMR 1606.1 - Uniformly Distributed Live Loads- Uniform Live Load

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Maragioglio v. City of Malden pdf format of    09_707_maragioglio_v._city_of_malden.pdf  (125kb)

April 9, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 118, to allow business without a certificate of occupancy.
  • 780 CMR 118 - Violations

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Samler v. Town of Andover pdf format of    09_710_samler_v._town_of_andover.pdf  (145kb)

February 18, 2009

  • Issue: Whether a demolition order was properly issued.
  • 780 CMR 5121- Demolition orders

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Bazelias v. City of Malden pdf format of    09_730_bazelais_v._city_of_malden.pdf  (122kb)

April 4, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 108.3.5, 110.4, 110.7 and 111.6 to complete the repair of a church bathroom.
  • 780 C.M.R. 108.3.5 -Activities requiring licenses, registration, or supervisors - Licensing of Construction Supervisors
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.4 - Application for Permit - Form of application
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.7 - Application for Permit - Construction documents
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.6 - Permits - Workers' Compensation

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Warfield v. City of Beverly pdf format of    09_729_warfield_v._city_of_beverly.pdf  (125kb)

April 4, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3603.16.13 to allow battery operated smoke detectors as a sufficient alarm system following the addition of two bathrooms and closets.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.16.13

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Rebman v. City of Hanover pdf format of    09_727_rebman_v._city_of_hanover.pdf  (134kb)

April 4, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 to allow an alternative design of a fire protection sprinkler system.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 - Alternative Fire Protection Design Methodologies - Independent Engineering Review

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Hastings v. City of Haverhill pdf format of    09_726_hastings_v._city_of_haverhill.pdf  (107kb)

April 4, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 503.1, 704.8 and 1406.2.2 to allow an exception to the building height requirement and allow exterior openings close to the lot line and existing cornices to remain.
  • 780 C.M.R 503.1 - General Height and Area Limitations - General
  • 780 C.M.R. 704.8 - Exterior Walls - Allowable Area of Openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 1406.2.2 - Combustible Materials on the Exterior Side of Exterior Walls - Construction requirements

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Adre v. South Grafton pdf format of    09_725_arde_v._city_of_south_grafton.pdf  (120kb)

March 24, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5310.1 to finish a basement for habitable use.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5310.1 - Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings - Emergency Escape and Rescue Required

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Mirza v. City of Somerville pdf format of    09_723_mirza_v._city_of_somerville.pdf  (130kb)

March 24, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 708 C.M.R. 1023.6 to install a NFPA 13 sprinkler system in restaurant, in lieu of meeting the rear dispersal requirements.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1023.6 - Exit Discharge - Access to a Public Way

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Ryan v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_722_ryan_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (120kb)

March 24, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5311.5.4 to install an exterior spiral stairway which exceeds the 12-foot height limitation.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5311.5.4 - Means of Egress - Stairways - Landings for Stairways

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Metrano v. Yarmouthport pdf format of    09_721_metrano_v._city_of_yarmouthport.pdf  (117kb)

March 24, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5305.1 to allow a basement ceiling clearance of 6-feet 7-inches.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5305.1 -Ceiling Height - Minimum Height

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Ghamary v. City of Andover pdf format of    09_720_ghamary_v._city_of_north_andover.pdf  (114kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 118 to bypass requirements concerning the protection of mechanical and electrical systems at the base flood elevation area.
  • 780 C.M.R. 118 - Violations

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Michelson v. City of Hadley pdf format of    09_719_michelson_v._city_of_hadley.pdf  (131kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 118.1 and 118.2 when the use of space concerns local zoning laws.
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.1 - Violations - Unlawful acts
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.2 - Violations - Notice of violation

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Joyce v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_718_joyce_v._city_of_east_boston.pdf  (128kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 310.6, 501.1, and 503.1 to allow the construction of a two-family dwelling.
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.6 - Residential Use Groups - Use Group R-4 structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 501.1 - General Building Limitations - Scope
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.1 - General Height and Area Limitations - General

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Walsh v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_717_walsh_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (120kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3400.3, 904.7, 906.2.1, and 906.2.2 to bypass the requirement that a fire suppression system must be installed during the course of a change in use of an existing building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3 -Repair, Alteration, Addition, and Change of Use of Existing Buildings - Scope - Applicability
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.7 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group R-2
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1 -Fire Sprinkler System - NFiPA 13 systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.2 - Fire Sprinkler System - NFiPA 13 R systems

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Cote v. City of Boston  (118kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1017.4 to allow horizontal type sliding doors for I-use.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4 - Means of Egress Doorways - Door hardware

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Creed v. City of Marshfield pdf format of    09_715_creed_v._city_of_marshfield.pdf  (115kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 103 to have tenant cited for necessary repairs pursuant to lease agreement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 103 - Maintenance

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Wensus v. City of Taunton pdf format of    09_714_wensus_v._city_of_taunton.pdf  (121kb)

March 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 403.1 to exclude the height of the entry tower from the building's total height measurement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.1 - High Rise Buildings - Applicability



 

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Goodhall v. Town of Swansea pdf format of    08_675_goodhall_v._town_ of_swansea.pdf  (134kb)

March 11, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5111.8, to allow permit not to be revoked due to inactivity on the property.
  • 780. C.M.R. 5111.8 - Permits - Expiration of Permit

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Stegerwald v. Town of Devens pdf format of    08_674_stegerwald_v._town_of_devens.pdf  (120kb)

February 18, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 716 and Table 716.1, to allow for use of a water curtain instead of a fire shutter for protection of openings in a fire wall.
  • 780. C.M.R. 716 - Fire Door Assemblies
  • 780. C.M.R. Table 716.1 - Opening Protective Fire Protection Rating

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Harris v. Town of Springfield pdf format of    08_673_harris_v._town_of_springfield.pdf  (121kb)

February 18, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.3, to allow a select number of the egress stair doors to be lockable as part of the proposed interior renovations to Building 11 of the Springfield Technical Community College.
  • 780. C.M.R. 1014.11.3 - Stairways - Interior Stairway Enclosures - Door Locks

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Perry v. Town of Marblehead pdf format of    08_672_perry_v._town_of_marblehead.pdf  (112kb)

February 18, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 5305, to allow a habitable basement to have a ceiling height of six feet three inches instead of the required seven feet.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5305 - Ceiling Height

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Richards v. Town of Ipswitch pdf format of    08_671_richards_v._town_of_ipswich.pdf  (113kb)

February 18, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 CMR relative to the provisions of 105 CMR 410.480, to allow a building for which the main entry door of the dwelling containing four (4) dwelling units is not designed or equipped so as to close and lock automatically with a lock.
  • 105 CMR 410.480 - State Sanitary Code Chapter II: Minimum Standard of Fitness for Human Habitation - Locks

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Santagelo v. Town of Somerville pdf format of    08_670_santangelo_v._town_of_somerville.pdf  (108kb)

January 30, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1028.1, to allow the replacement of a wheel chair lift which would obstruct egress on the landing and stairway of the building since there are two other egresses.
  • 780. C.M.R. 1028.1 - Maintenance of Exits - Obstructions

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Barbarisi v. Town of Bourne pdf format of    08_634_barbarisi_v._town_of_bourne.pdf  (120kb)

January 2, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 924, to allow alternate methods of compliance to fire pump driveline requirements as established by 780 CMR 109.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 924 - Fire Pumps
  • 780. C.M.R. 109.3 - Approval - Alternative Materials and Equipment

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Benevides v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_632_benevides_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (121kb)

January 2, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010, to allow an apartment building with lower number of exits than required.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010 - Number of Exits

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Myers v. Town of Charlton pdf format of    08_631_myers_v._town_of_charlton.pdf  (126kb)

December 18, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 5602.10, to allow for building that does not comply with prescriptive requirements of wall bracing.
  • 780 CMR 5602.10 - Wood Wall Framing - Wall Bracing

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Viola v. City of Salem pdf format of    09_706_viola_v._city_of_salem.pdf  (127kb)

February 24, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3400.3.1 and 904.2 to allow for the construction of a beauty salon.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3.1 - Repair, Alteration, Addition, and Change of Use of Existing Buildings - Scope - Applicability
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1 in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area

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Greenburg v. City of Framingham pdf format of    09_705_greenberg_v._city_of_farmingham.pdf  (129kb)

February 24, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1006.4.1, 1017.4.1, 1014.4, 1011.3 #2, 1021.2, and 1025.3.2 to bypass egress requirements concerning a multi-family dwelling.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.4.1 - Types and Locations of Means of Egress - Remote Location - Remoteness
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1 - Means of Egress Doorways - Door Hardware - Locks and latches
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.4 - Stairways - Headroom
  • 780 C.M.R. 1011.3 #2 - Exit Passageways and Corridors - Width
  • 780 C.M.R. 1021.2 - Guards - Height
    780 C.M.R. 1025.3.2 - Fire Escapes - Construction - Opening protectives

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Dewing v. City of Concord pdf format of    09_704_dewing_v._city_of_concord.pdf  (123kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5311.5.3.1 to bypass the riser height requirement, in a parking garage.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5311.5.3.1 - Means of Egress - Stairways - Riser height

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Segalyn v. City of Chicopee pdf format of    09_703_segalyn_v._city_of_chicopee.pdf  (123kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 503.0 Table 503 and 504.6 to allow alternative standards for the renovation of a mill building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.0 Table 503 - General Height and Area Limitations - Height and Area Limitations of Buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 504.6 - Height Modifications - Type 3A construction

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McCarthy v. City of Peabody pdf format of    09_702_mccarthy_v._city_of_peabody.pdf  (117kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1009.0 to allow the use of a rear exit doorway that does not meet the width requirement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1009.0 - Capacity of Egress Components

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Ramirez v. City of Somerville pdf format of    09_701_ramirez_v._city_of_somerville.pdf  (125kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3404.12 Section 3, 904.7, 906.2.1, and 906.2.2 to bypass the requirement of an automatic fire suppression system in a three-family home.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.12 Section 3 - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less - Fire Protection Systems are Required for the Following Cases - Existing buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.7 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group R-2
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1 - Fire Sprinkler System - Equipped Throughout - NFiPA 13 systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.2 - Fire Sprinkler System - Equipped Throughout - NFiPA 13R systems

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Richardson v. City of Milton pdf format of    09_700_richardson_v._city_of_milton.pdf  (116kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 118.1 to allow a change in occupancy from a single-family house to a lodging house.
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.1 - Violations - Unlawful Acts

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Anderson v. City of Monponsett pdf format of    09_699_anderson_v._city_of_monponsett.pdf  (114kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 120 to allow for the occupation of an unfinished home to conduct an auto-parts business.
  • 780 C.M.R. 120 - Certificate of Occupancy

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Tavares v. City of Fall River pdf format of    09_698_tavares_v._city_of_fall_fiver.pdf  (119kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3404.12 to bypass the requirement of the installation of a fire protection system following substantial renovation.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.12 - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less - Fire Protection Systems are Required for the Following Cases

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Clapp v. City of North Attleboro pdf format of    09_697_clapp_v._city_of_north_attleboro.pdf  (133kb)

February 5, 2009

  • Issue: Whether a cease and desist order alleging violations of 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 113.0 and 113.4 should be overturned because Appellant complied with three demolition permits.
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.0 - Conditions of Permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.4 - Conditions of Permit - Compliance with site plan

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Lynch v. Pittsfield pdf format of    09_696_lynch_v._city_of_pittsfield.pdf  (133kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6th Edition 780 C.M.R. 417.6.4 and 418.3.2.4.to bypass the requirement of a sprinkler system for a canopy structure covering a bulk tank storage area.
  • 780 C.M.R. 417.6.4 - Hazardous Materials - Outside storage, dispensing, and utilization - Weather Protection
  • 780 C.M.R. 418.3.2.4 - Use Groups H-1, H-2, H-3 and H-4 - Flammable and combustible liquids - Suppression

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McCloskey v. Town of Marblehead pdf format of    09_695_mccloskey_v._town_of_marblehead.pdf  (121kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5310.1.2, and 5310.1.3 to allow an emergency egress window of dimensions 26-inches wide by 22 ½-inches high.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5310.1.2 - Escape and Rescue Openings - Emergency Escape and Rescue Required - Minimum opening height
  • 780 C.M.R. 5310.1.3 - Escape and Rescue Openings - Emergency Escape and Rescue Required - Minimum opening width

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Moe v. Town of Millbury pdf format of    09_694_moe_v._town_of_millbury.pdf  (139kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 424.4.1.4 for the continued use of an existing stair railing that exceeds the height requirement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 424.4.1.4 - Day Care Centers - General Provisions - Means of Egress - Handrails

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Miller v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_693_miller_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (130kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 705.3 to add two new windows to a building party wall abutting the property line that is shared.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3 - Exterior Walls - Openings

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Edwards v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_647_edwards_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (125kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6th Edition 780 C.M.R. 503.2, 503.3, 904.2, and 3103.3.1 to bypass height and area limitations, and automatic sprinkler and smoke detection requirements for a tennis bubble type structure.
  • 780 C.M.R. 532.2 - General Height and Area Limitations - Area Limitations
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.3 - General Height and Area Limitations - Height Limitations
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1, in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area
  • 780 C.M.R. 3103.1 - Membrane Structures - General

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Samiotes v. Town of Framingham pdf format of    09_691_samiotes_v._town_of_framingham.pdf  (135kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. Table 705.2, Section 706.3, and 705.1 to add two new windows to a building party wall abutting the property line that Appellant had an easement on.
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 705.2 - Exterior Walls - Exterior Walls Resistance Ratings
  • 780 C.M.R. 706.3 - Exterior Opening Protectives - Fire resistance rating
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.1 - Exterior Walls - General

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Superior v. City of Fall River pdf format of    09_690_superior_v._city_of_fall_river.pdf  (113kb)

January 20, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 118.0 to overturn a cease and desist order for two illegal apartments.
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.0 - Violations

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Van Dell v. City of Salem pdf format of    09_689_van_dell_v._city_of_salem.pdf  (125kb)

January 8, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 413.4 to allow a compliance alternative to the requirement of a sprinkler system in special amusement building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 413.4 - Special Amusement Buildings - Automatic Sprinklers

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Mahan v. Town of Waltham pdf format of    09_688_mahan_v._town_of_waltham.pdf  (145kb)

January 8, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 715.2 to allow the building design, as currently constructed.
  • 780 C.M.R. 715.2 - Fire Resistance Rating of Structural Members - Protection of structural members

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Armington v. City of Newton pdf format of    09_687_armington_v._city_of_newton.pdf  (139kb)

January 8, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1007.4 to allow the installation and use of platform lifts as part of an accessible means of egress.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1007.4 - Accessible Means of Egress - Platform lifts

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Seitz v. City of Boston pdf format of    09_686_seitz_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (127kb)

January 8, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.3 to allow the current width of an existing front stair.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3 - Stairways - Width

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Crafts v. City of South Dennis pdf format of    09_685_crafts_v._city_of_south_dennis.pdf  (129kb)

January 8, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R 111.8 to allow an extension of 6 months for permits for a period of two years.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.8 - Permits - Expiration of permit

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LaChapelle v. Town of Freetown pdf format of    09_683_lachapelle_v._town_of_freetown.pdf  (137kb)

January 8, 2009

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 116.1 and 3603.1 to overturn the building commissioner's order that the performance of the trusses violate these regulations.
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.1 - Registered Architectural and Professional Engineering Services - Construction Control - General
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.1

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Decisions 2008

Bourke v. City of Northhampton pdf format of    08_682_bourke_v._city_of_northhampton.pdf  (132kb)

December 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 to allow one egress from the third floor office using an existing interior stairway.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 - Number of Exits - Minimum number

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Goodwin v. City of Sheffield pdf format of    08_681_goodwin_v._city_of_sheffield.pdf  (131kb)

December 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 803.3.2 to allow interior use of the material known as AZEK as trim around a skylight.
  • 780 C.M.R. 803.3.2 - Interior Finish and Trim - Materials - Smoke development

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Salo v. City of Leicester pdf format of    08_680_salo_v._city_of_leicester.pdf  (128kb)

December 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.6 to allow an alternating stairway egress from a football field press box camera platform.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.6 - Stairways - Headroom

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Simao v. City of Danvers pdf format of    08_679_simao_v._city_of_danvers.pdf  (125kb)

December 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 503 to bypass height and area requirements violated because of an extension of a hose tower.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503 - General Height and Area Limitations

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Hobbs Brook Management v. City of Waltham pdf format of    08_678_hobbs_brook_management_v._city_of_waltham.p  (145kb)

December 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 111.1 to order the building department to act on a building permit application that was not acted upon within the 30 day limitation.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.1 - Permits - Action on application

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Mariano v. City of Braintree pdf format of    08_676_mariano_v._city_of_braintree.pdf  (128kb)

December 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R 5311.5 to allow an egress stairway.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5311.5 - Means of Egress - Stairways

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Vasconcelles v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_629_vasconcelles_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (120kb)

December 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0, to allow for one less exist than required by the Mass. State Building Code.
  • 780 C.M.R.1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Metrano v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_628_metrano_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (124kb)

December 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 5305.1, to allow for a building permit when the submitted blue print shows a ceiling height of less than seven feet.
  • 780 CMR 5305.1 - Ceiling Height - Minimum Height

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Woodworth v. Town of Foxborough pdf format of    08_627_woodworth_v._town_of_foxborough.pdf  (119kb)

December 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant charter school should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 CMR 1014.11, to allow the building of an addition that does not meet the section requirements.
  • 780 CMR 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior Stairway Enclosures

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DePrato v. Town of Marshfield pdf format of    08_626_daprato_v._town_of_marshfiled.pdf  (128kb)

December 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant high school should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition  780 CMR 1013.0 and 1013.5, to allow the issuance of a building permit for seven bleachers that do not meet the minimum standards required by the Code.
  • 780 CMR 1013.0 - Grandstands
  • 780 CMR 1013.5 - Grandstands - Aisles

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Woodworth v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_612_woodworth_v._city_of_norwood.pdf  (133kb)

December 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1014.11, to allow for restaurant in building that has open egress stairs.
  • 780 CMR 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior Stairway Enclosures

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Hastings v. Town of Northborough pdf format of    08_630_hastings_v._town_of_northborough.pdf

December 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 713.3, to allow a proposed open stairway for the building to be designed in accordance with the escalator floor opening provision of 713.3 exception 8.
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3 - Floor/Ceiling and Roof /Ceiling Assemblies - Floor Opening Enclosure

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Mizrahi v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_605_mizrahi_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf

December 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0, to allow for only one exit from the first floor apartments of the building.
  • 780 CMR 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Oliveira v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_604_oliveira_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf

December 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0 to allow for one less exit than required in his second and third floor apartments.
  • 780 CMR 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Harvard ADG for Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_603_harvard_adg_for_presidents&fellows_of_harva  (137kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 603.0 and 1612.2.5.1 of the MSBC, to allow for horizontal slab separating the below ground structure from those above-ground with a fire resistance of two hours.
  • 780 CMR 603.0 - Types 1 and 2 Construction
  • 780 CMR 1612.2.5.1 - Earthquake loads - General - Seismic Hazard Exposure Groups - Multiple Occupancies

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Nickerson Horse Barn v. Town of Brewster pdf format of    08_599_nickerson_horse_barn_v._town_of_brewster.pd  (133kb)

December 18, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR, on the building official's failure to act, and allow for a certificate of occupancy to be issued for the horse stable portion of the property.
  • 780 CMR 122.1 - State Building Code Appeals Board

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Michael v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_597_michael_v._town_of_fall_river_1.pdf  (128kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0, to allow for one less exit than required for the first floor apartments of the building which have large enough windows for emergency exit.
  • 780 CMR 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Carrigg v. Town of Fall River (1) pdf format of    08_596_carrig_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (127kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0, to allow for one less exit than required for the first floor apartments of the building which have large enough windows for emergency exit.
  • 780 CMR 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Carrigg v. Town of Fall River (2) pdf format of    08_596_carrig_v._town_of_fall_river_2.pdf  (127kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0, to allow for one less exit than required for the first floor apartments of the building which have large enough windows for emergency exit.
  • 780 CMR 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Nickerson Horse Barn v. Town of Brewster pdf format of    08_599_nickerson_horse Barn_v._town_of_brewster.pd  (133kb)

December 18, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR, on the building official's failure to act, and allow for a certificate of occupancy to be issued for the horse stable portion of the property.
  • 780 CMR 122.1 - State Building Code Appeals Board

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Carrigg v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_596_carrig_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (127kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.0, to allow for one less exit then required for the first floor apartments of the building which have large enough windows for emergency exit.
  • 780 CMR 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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The Pike School v. Town of Andover pdf format of    08_602_the_pike_school_v._town_of_andover.pdf  (141kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1021.4.1, to allow for railings height of the side gallery fascias in the school auditorium to be 30 inches instead of the required 36 inches.
  • 780 CMR 1021.4.1 - Guards - Railings - At Fascia

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Biomed Realty v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_601_biomed_realty_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (119kb)

December 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 904.2 and 780 CMR 906.2.1, to allow for the omission of water based sprinkler protection from the electrical transfer room and installment of an alternative suppression system.
  • 780 CMR 904.2 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1 in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area
  • 780 CMR 906.2.1 - Fire Sprinkler System - Equipped Throughout - NFIPA 13 Systems

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Cote v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_592_cote_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (54kb)

December 4, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 to allow a monumental stairway as a component of the means of egress from the second floor.
  • 780 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior stairway enclosures

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Ierardi v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_668_ierardi_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (125kb)

December 4, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 and 919.3.2 to allow an alternative design that provides additional fire rating protection in condominiums.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 - Fire Protections Systems Approval/Acceptance - Authority - Alternative Fire Protection Design Methodologies - Independent Engineering Review
  • 780 C.M.R. 919.3.2 - Single and Multiple Station Smoke Detectors - Where Required - Use Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and R-5

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Sloan v. City of Melrose pdf format of    08_666_sloan_v._city_of_melrose.pdf  (113kb)

November 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 705.3 to allow windows to be installed in the wall adjacent to the lot line that abuts retirement homes.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3 - Exterior Walls - Openings

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Michael Rosenfeld, Inc. Architects v. City of Methuen pdf format of    08_665_michael_rosenfeld_inc_architects_v._city_of  (123kb)

November 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 to allow two open stair configurations in a building fully sprinklered to NFPA 13.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior stairway enclosures

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10 Hilliard Street Condominium Trust v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_664_10_hilliard_street_condominium_trust_v._cit  (125kb)

November 25, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1025.1.3 to allow a ladder to be installed in place of a counter-balanced drop-down stair section that is incorporated into the current design of a condominium.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1025.1.3 - Fire Escapes - Where permitted - New fire escapes

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Pannier v. Town of Pittsfield pdf format of    08_663_pannier_v._town_of_pittsfield.pdf  (119kb)

November 25, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. with respect to M.G.L. c. 143, §3R to install a buzzer button with an outdoor chime so that upstairs tenants could hear it.
  • M.G.L. c. 143 §3R - Apartment houses; exterior doors and locks

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Edwards v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_640_edwards_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (121kb)

November 6, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 904.2, 3202.2, 3205.2, 3205.3, and 3205.4 for footings and awnings that provide a level of safety intended by the Code.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1 in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area
  • 780 C.M.R. 3202.2 - Street Encroachments - Below grade
    780 C.M.R. 3205.2 - Awnings and Canopies - Retractable awnings
  • 780 C.M.R. 3205.3 - Awnings and Canopies - Fixed or permanent awnings
  • 780 C.M.R. 3205.4 - Awnings and Canopies - Canopies

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Panagopoulos v. Town of Swampscott pdf format of    08_661_panagopoulos_v._town_of_swampscott.pdf  (128kb)

November 6, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 121.0 to rescind a Building Official's order requiring Appellant to have a retaining wall inspected by a registered structural engineer.
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.0 - Unsafe Structures

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Guzas v. City of Mt. Herman pdf format of    08_660_guzas_v._city_of_mt._hermon.pdf  (132kb)

November 6, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 to allow a design that provides a second means of escape.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 - Number of Exits - Minimum number

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Haverhill High School v. Town of Haverhill pdf format of    08_600_haverhill_high_school_v._town_of_haverhill_  (54kb)

November 12, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR Reference Standard NFPA 72-2002, to allow for the educational facility to have a fire alarm system installed which meets the requirements of NFPA 72-07 but not NFPA 72-02.
  • 780 CMR Reference Standard NFPA 72-02 - National Fire Alarm Code

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Haverhill High School v. Town of Haverhill (54kb)

November 12, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR Reference Standard NFPA 72-2002, to allow for the educational facility to have a fire alarm system installed which meets the requirements of NFPA 72-07 but not NFPA 72-02.
  • 780 CMR Reference Standard NFPA 72-02 - National Fire Alarm Code

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Cartwright v. City of Danvers pdf format of    08_659_cartwright_v._city_of_danvers.pdf  (115kb)

November 6, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 402.15.4 to grant a permit for an object that was deemed to be a "kiosk or similar structure" that exceeded a maximum area of 300 sq. ft.
  • 780 C.M.R. 402.15.4 - Covered Mall Buildings - Kiosks - Maximum Area

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Carell v. City of Maynard pdf format of    08_658_carell_v._city_of_maynard.pdf  (118kb)

November 6, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 407.5 to bypass the requirement that a new garage must have a 4-inch sill.
  • 780 C.M.R. 407.5 - Private Garages - Door sills

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MacLeay v. City of Monterey pdf format of    08_654_macleay_v._city_of_monterey.pdf  (141kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 115.5 to allow final inspection and approval of a P2000 roof insulation system that was installed even though it may not meet Chapter 34 and 36 requirements for R-value.
  • 780 C.M.R. 115.5 - Inspection - Final Inspection

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Hastings v. City of Westfield pdf format of    08_653_hastings_v._city_of_westfield.pdf  (132kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3404.3 to bypass the requirement that an existing standpipe be retrofitted for seismic protection.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.3 - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less - New Building Systems

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Cain v. City of Worthington pdf format of    08_652_cain_v._city_of_worthington.pdf  (114kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3610.4.7 to allow clearances to combustibles on the sides and above the fireplace fronts to exist as they have since day one of an historic building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3610.4.7

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Gery v. City of Marblehead pdf format of    08_651_gery_v._city_of_marblehead.pdf  (70kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5310 to allow a stairway from the basement to the first floor to serve as a means of egress.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5310 - Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings

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Stern v. Town of Framingham pdf format of    08_624_stern_v._town of_framingham.pdf  (131kb)

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 111.1 to allow the design of a lift that would impede adequate egress access of a stairway.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.1 - Permits - Action on application

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Walsh v. Town of Littleton pdf format of    08_623_walsh_v._town_of_littleton.pdf  (113kb)

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 7 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 5305.1 Exceptions 1 and 2 to allow the alteration to an existing basement without requiring the Appellant to move the center girder of the building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 5305.1 Exception 1 - Ceiling Height
  • 780 C.M.R. 5305.1 Exception 2 - Ceiling Height

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Nourse v. City of Whately pdf format of    08_622_nourse_v._city_of_whately.pdf  file size 7MB (7.5mb)

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 312 to overturn a Building Inspector's refusal to classify a building a in the "Utility" Use Group.
  • 780 C.M.R. 312 - Utility and Miscellaneous Use Group

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Sherman v. City of Northhampton pdf format of    08_621_sherman_v._city_of_northhampton.pdf

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. NFPA 13 8-1.1(1) and 8-14.1 to permit an alternate design of fire protection
  • 780 C.M.R. NFPA 13 8-1.1(1) and 8-14.1 - Installation of Sprinkler Systems

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Graham v. City of Somerville pdf format of    08_620_graham_v._city_of_somerville.pdf  (126kb)

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Board should interpret 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 423 to determine that the Appellant's property consisting of a resident load that will not exceed twenty five, complies with the regulation.
  • 780 C.M.R. 423 - Group Residence

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Hastings v. City of Westwood pdf format of    08_619_hastings_v._city_of_westwood.pdf  (137kb)

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.11, 1014.6, 1014.7, 1022.0, 1021.0, 1014.3, 1017.1.1, and 1005.6 to allow approval of a change in occupancy request.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior stairway enclosures
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6 - Stairways - Treads and risers
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.7 - Stairways - Stairway guards and handrails
  • 780 C.M.R. 1022.0 - Handrails
  • 780 C.M.R. 1021.0 - Guards - General
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3 - Stairways -
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.1.1 - Means of Egress Doorways - Floor surface
  • 780 C.M.R. 1005.6 - General Limitations - Elevation change

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Dana Farber Cancer Institute v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_618_dana_farber_cancer_institute_v._city_of_bos  (212kb)

August 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 917.9.1 to change the text of the required voice alarm.
  • 780 C.M.R. 917.9.1 - Fire Protective Signaling Systems - Voice/alarm signaling system

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Hastings v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_617_hastings_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (126kb)

August 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 713.3 Exception 2 for a three-story open stairway that is permitted under the 7 th Edition and is in a building consisting of smoke detection systems and sprinklers.
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3 - Floor/Ceiling and Roof/Ceiling Assemblies - Floor opening enclosure

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Tsoukalas v. City of Leominster pdf format of    08_614_tsoukalas_v._city_of_leominster.pdf  (137kb)

August 7, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.2, Table 1010.2, and 3400.4.1 to bypass code requirements but require improved railings, lighting, and operable doors.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 - Number of Exits - Minimum number
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 1010.2 - Number of Exits - Minimum number of exits for occupant load
  • 780 C.M.R.3400.4.1 - Scope - Existing Non Conforming Means of Egress

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Abbondanza v. City of Everett pdf format of    08_613_abbondanza_v._city_of_everett.pdf  (136kb)

August 7, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 110.1, 110.7, 1014.6, and 1014.6.4 to allow a low headroom location at a stairway landing.
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.1 - Application for Permit - Permit application
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.7 - Application for Permit - Construction documents
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6 - Stairways - Treads and risers
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.4 - Stairways - Treads and risers - Spiral stairways

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Woodworth v. City of Norwood pdf format of    08_612_woodworth_v._city_of_norwood.pdf  (133kb)

August 7, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3409.9 to bypass height and area requirements in a building of Type II-C construction, which is fully sprinklered and has a fire alarm system.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3409.9 - Historic Buildings - Height and Area

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LeBlanc v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_610_leblanc_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (131kb)

August 7, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 705.2.4 and 705.3 to allow exterior glass walls that are protected with an exterior deluged sprinkler system activated by trip wire, with the sides protected by sprinkler heads.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.2.4 - Exterior Walls - Fire resistance ratings - Unexposed surface temperature
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3 - Exterior Walls - Openings

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LeBlanc v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_611_leblanc_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (131kb)

August 7, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 921.2.1.2 to allow an alternative smoke control design that was approved by a third party.
  • 780 C.M.R. 921.2.1.2 - Smoke Control Systems - Design criteria - Passive system - Irregular spaces

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Bradshaw v. City of Acton pdf format of    08_607_bradshaw_v._city_of_acton.pdf  (133kb)

July 22, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 313.1, Table 313.1.2, and 707 to allow a horse stable to be built and connected to an existing riding arena, with a two-hour fire separation wall and smoke alarm system installed.
  • 780 C.M.R. 313.1 - Mixed Use Groups - Two or more use groups
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 313.1.2 - Mixed Use Groups - Fire Resistance Rating Requirements for Fire Separation Assemblies Between Fire Areas
  • 780 C.M.R. 707 - Fire Walls and Party Walls

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Frank Saeli v. Town of Needham pdf format of    frank_saeli_v._town_of_needham.pdf   (130kb)

July 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1 and 3603.14.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1- Landings- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14- Handrails and guardrails

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Amisha LLC v. City of Woburn pdf format of    amisha_llc_v._city_of_woburn.pdf   (105kb)

July 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from framing and plan requirements in order to complete construction on a breakfast area in a hotel.
  • 780 C.M.R. 603.2- Type 1 and 2 construction- interior patterns
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 602- Fire resistant ratings of structure elements
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.3- Conditions of permit- compliance with permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.3- Application for permit- exemptions
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.2- Conditions of permit-compliance with code

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Mark Cutone v. City of Boston pdf format of    mark_cutone_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (146kb)

July 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 and 1014.8.2 to permit a roof deck to be constructed.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Minimum number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.4- Stairways- headroom
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.8- Stairways- egress doors
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.8.1- Stairways- width of egress doors
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.8.2- Stairways- direction of swing of egress doors
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 1017.2- Doorways- spaces with one means of egress

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Carrigg v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_593_carrigg_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (122kb)

July 3, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 because the buildings in question are existing homes with first floor units that have windows large enough to serve as emergency exits.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Carrigg v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_594_carrigg_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (127kb)

July 3, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 because the buildings in question are existing homes with first floor units that have windows large enough to serve as emergency exits.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Cote v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_592_cote_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (54kb)

July 3, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 7th Edition 780 C.M.R. 403.2 and 906.2 to omit sprinklers in the NSTAR transformer vault.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2 - High Rise Buildings - Automatic Sprinkler System
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2 - Portable Fire Extinguishers - Where Required

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Jaffe v. City of Newton pdf format of    08_591_jaffe_v._city_of_newton.pdf  (113kb)

July 3, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 110.1 to be exempted from the requirement of a permit to perform kitchen renovation work.
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.1 - Application for Permit - Permit Application

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Tedesco v. City of Worcester pdf format of    08_589_tedesco_v._city_of_worcester.pdf  (51kb)

June 24, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 113.3 and 3603.13.3 to allow the height of a stairway that is used to access storage space only.
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.3 - Conditions of Permit - Compliance with Permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.3

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Remmer v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_588_remmer_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (50kb)

June 24, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 403.2, 904.7, and 906.2.1 to bypass Code requirements for vaults that do comply with NSTAR requirements.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2 - High-Rise Buildings - Sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.7 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group R-2
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1 - Fire Sprinkler System - Equipped throughout - NFiPA 13 systems

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Hastings v. City of Needham pdf format of    08_587_hastings_v._city_of_needham.pdf  (46kb)

June 24, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.2 to allow the redesign of a stairway that provides a sprinkler head on the interior side of a bedroom window within 3 feet of the glass surface.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.2 - Stairways - Interior stairway enclosures - Penetrations

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Jacques v. Town of Fall River pdf format of    08_586_jacques_v._twon_of_fall_river.pdf  (52kb)

June 24, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 to allow operable windows in the foundation wall to function as emergency escape accesses.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Owens v. City of Andover pdf format of    08_585_owens_v._city_of_andover.pdf  (51kb)

June 24, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 to allow a full monitored sprinkler system and a 2-hour rated stairway to act as an alternative to meeting the required number of exits.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0 - Number of Exits

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Woodhouse v. City of Newton pdf format of    08_584_woodhouse_v._city_of_newton.pdf  file size 1MB (1.06mb)

June 24, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 705.2 and 705.3 to perform construction of a building with a wall abnormally close to the property line, adding a full protection system, sprinkler system, new fire lane, and new fire hydrant.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.2 - Exterior Walls - Fire resistance ratings
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3 - Exterior Walls - Openings

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Sittler v. City of Buzzards Bay pdf format of    08_581_sittler_v._city_of_buzzards_bay.pdf  (124kb)

June 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3400.3 (item 4) to allow a 300 square feet press box and elevator to be installed.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3 - Repair, Alteration, Addition, and Change of Use of Existing Buildings - Scope - Applicability

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Griffin v. City of Marblehead pdf format of    08_580_griffin_v._city_of_marblehead.pdf  (117kb)

June 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 705.3 to allow windows to be closer than three feet to the property line when the topography of an adjacent property precludes any development of a new building on the property.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3 - Exterior Walls - Openings

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Taylor v. City of Shrewsbury pdf format of    08_579_taylor_v._city_of_shrewsbury.pdf  (122kb)

June 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.1 to permit a lower railing height on a first and second floor staircase.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.1

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Staiti v. City of West Boylston pdf format of    08_578_staiti_v._city_of_west_boylston.pdf  (137kb)

June 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 101.4, Tables 602 and 707.1, 709.4, 310.5, and 903.2.1 to allow the installation of a fire protection system as an alternative.
  • 780 C.M.R. 101.4 - Administration - Intent
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 602 - Construction Classification - Fire Resistance Ratings of Structure Elements
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 707.1 - Fire Walls and Party Walls - Fire and Party Wall Fire Resistance Ratings
  • 780 C.M.R. 709.4 - Fire Separation Assemblies - Continuity
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.5 - Residential Groups - Use Group R-3 structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 - Fire Protection Systems Approval / Acceptance - Authority - Alternative Fire Protection Design Methodologies - Independent Engineering Review

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Siska v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_576_siska_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (113kb)

June 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R.1011.3 to permit a clear aisle width in which there is access from areas directly back to code compliant egress paths.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1011.3 - Exit Access Passageways and Corridors - Width

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Shi Mao Lin v. City of Malden pdf format of    shi_mao_lin_v._city_of_malden.pdf  (146kb)

April 15, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed to obtain a permit on his own in order to upgrade an existing sink and create a wet bar in attic living space at his residence.
  • 780 C.M.R. 108.3.6- Rules and regulations- registration of home improvement contractors
  • 780 C.M.R. 108.3.5- Rules and regulations- licensing of construction supervisors
  • 780 C.M.R. R6.1.6(5)- Registration and enforcement of home improvement contractor program- general provisions- homeowners are exempt from registration or renewal of a home improvement contractor license
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.5- Application for permit- by whom application is made



 

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Nicole and Brian Carlson v. City of Leominster pdf format of    nicole_and_brian_carlson_v._city_of_leominster.pdf  (88kb)

March 13, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellants should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1204.1 in order to complete a basement in a single family home.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1- Room dimensions- ceiling heights

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Fred Perkins v. Town of Ipswich pdf format of    fred_perkins_v._town_of_ipswich.pdf  (99kb)

February 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the electrically operated striker mechanism and intercom system requirements in 105 C.M.R. 410.480.
  • 105 C.M.R. 410.480- Minimum standards of fitness for human habitation- locks
  • 105 C.M.R. 410.840(c)- Minimum standards of fitness for human habitation- variances from 105 C.M.R. 410.480 can only be granted by the Massachusetts State Building Commissioner

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Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Devens Enterprise Commission pdf format of    bristol-myers_squibb_v._devens_enterprise_commissi  (115kb)

February 5, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed to install two-hour fire rated construction materials, in lieu of a sprinkler protection system, in a certain electrical/transformer room located on the ground floor of a development pharmaceutical facility.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.1- General height and area limitations of buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 504.2- General building limitations- height modifications- automatic sprinkler systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 506.1- General building limitations- general area modifications
  • 780 C.M.R. 506.3- Building limitations- area modifications- automatic sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 504.1- General building limitations- general height modifications

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Ron and Theresa Knoll v. City of Fitchburg pdf format of    ron_and_theresa_knoll_v._city_of_fitchburg.pdf  (142kb)

February 1, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1, 3603.13.3 and 3604.6.2.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1- Minimum ceiling height requirements
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.3- Stairways- headroom
  • 780 C.M.R. 3604.6.2- Light, ventilation and heating- heating required

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Donald Ogilvie v. City of Fitchburg pdf format of    donald_ogilvie_v._city_of_fitchburg.pdf  (134kb)

January 31, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 (Exception 3), 3603.13.3 and 3604.6.2.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 (Exception 3)- Ceiling height requirements- minimum height- exception for certain obstructions
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.3- Landings- headroom
  • 780 C.M.R. 3604.6.2- Foundation waterproofing and damp-proofing - concrete and masonry foundation waterproofing

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Mount Holyoke College v. Town of South Hadley pdf format of    mount_holyoke_collge_v._town_of_south_hadley.pdf  (94kb)

January 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant my use corridor ceiling plenums in the construction of a new residence hall to accomplish air transfer.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1005.7- Means of egress- general limitations- egress elements for air movement

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Abercrombie and Fitch v. City of Boston pdf format of    abercrombie_&_fitch_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (124kb)

January 15, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 713.3 to allow Exception 8.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.13- Requirements for the continuation of the same use group or change to a use group resulting in a change in hazard index of one or less- enclosure of stairways
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Interior stairway enclosures
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3 (Exception 8)- Floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- floor opening enclosure- when a shaft enclosure is not required
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3- Floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- floor opening enclosure

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Evergreen Solar v. Devens Enterprise Commision pdf format of    evergreen_solar_v._devens_enterprise_commission.pd  (164kb)

May 9, 2008

  • Issue: Whether appellant should be granted a variance form from certain earthquake/seismic structure requirements when the project requires the availability/use of certain phosphorous xychloride, "a highly toxic material" as defined by 780 C.M.R. 307.2.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1612.2.5- Seismic hazard exposure group listed- this case involves Group III, high toxic materials
  • 780 C.M.R. 307.2- Definition of highly toxic material

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Maurice V. Spear, Jr. v. City of Holyoke pdf format of    maurice_v._spear_jr._v._city_of_holyoke.pdf  (215kb)

June 6, 2008

  • Issues: Whether the appellant is legally obligated to demolish abandoned property; whether the Board had jurisdiction over the appeal.
  • M.G.L. 143, §100- Building Code Appeals Board
  • M.G.L. 185, §1- The Land Court
  • 780 C.M.R. 103.0- Maintenance of property
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.0- Unsafe structures

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Chuck Davis for Six Flags New England v. Town of Agawam pdf format of    six_flags_new_england_v._town_of_agawam.pdf  (547kb)

April 8, 2008

  • Issues: Whether a fire protection system should be considered a system that presumptively complies with requirements of 780 C.M.R. and associated reference standards; whether the ride should be considered a device or a building in regards to its required egress system.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1- Alternative fire protection design methodologies
  • 780 C.M.R. 413.0- Special amusement buildings- definition of and required safety features of
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Means of egress in buildings- stairways
  • 520 C.M.R.- Amusement device regulations

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Nantucket Memorial Airport v. Town of Nantucket pdf format of    nantucket_memorial_airport_v._town_of_nantucket.pd  (204kb)

June 19, 2008

  • Issues: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 707.5, on the continuity of a fire wall between the existing structure and the new structure; whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 3408.6.3, reduction of earthquake hazards, in a portion of the existing structure, the airport control tower.
  • 780 C.M.R. 707.5- Fire-resistant materials and construction- fire walls and party walls- continuity of walls
  • 780 C.M.R. 3408.6.3- Structural requirements for existing buildings- reduction of earthquake hazards

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Richard Lockhead, as agent for Alkermes, Inc. v. City of Chelsea pdf format of    alkermes,_inc._v._city_of_chelsea.pdf  (148kb)

June 12, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 1025.1.3 to allow a permit for the fire escape as it was built.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1025.1.3- New fire escapes

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Eileen McMann v. Town of Weston pdf format of    eileen_mcmann_v._town_of_weston.pdf  (142kb)

March 13, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Board should order Appellee to issue a demolition permit for the Property pursuant to 780 C.M.R. 111.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.1- Action on application in regards to building permits

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Eileen McMann v. Town of Weston pdf format of    eileen_mcmann_v._town_of_weston.1.pdf  (55kb)

April 11, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Town of Weston's Motion for Reconsideration of the Building Code Appeal's Board's March 13, 2008 decision to order that a demolition permit be issued by the Town for the free standing garage should be granted.
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.2- Inspection of unsafe structures
  • 780 C.M.R.111.1- Action on application in regards to building permits
  • G.L. 143, §6- Duties of local inspector
  • G.L. 143, §100- Board's jurisdiction

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YMCA of the North Shore, Inc. v. City of Salem pdf format of    ymca_of_the_north_shore_v._city_of_salem.pdf  (130kb)

June 19, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 713.3, Exception 2 and 1014.11 to allow a change to the plans as permitted to eliminate an enclosed stairway and use an open grand stairway as the third egress.
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3, Exception 2- Floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- exceptions for when a shaft enclosure is required for floor openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Interior stairway enclosures
  • Draft Seventh Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code, Section 1019.1- Vertical exit enclosures- enclosures required

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Battery Engineering, Inc. division of Electrochem v. Town of Raynham pdf format of    battery_engineering,_inc._v._town_of_raynham.pdf  (126kb)

June 19, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 to allow a change to the plans as permitted: for the third egress stairway in the building to be open.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Interior stairway enclosures
  • Draft Seventh Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code, Section 1019.1- Vertical exit enclosures- enclosures required

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ASN Avenir LLC v. City of Boston pdf format of    asn_avenir_llc_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (148kb)

June 19, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 403.2, 904.2, 906.2.1, and G.L. 148, §26A to allow a change to the plans as permitted to omit the automatic sprinkler system from a transformer vault on the ground level.
  • Draft Seventh Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code, Section 903.2- Where automatic sprinkler systems are required
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- High-rise Buildings- Sprinkler System
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2- When an automatic fire suppression system is required
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- If a fire sprinkler system is required and it is a NFiPA 13 system, it must be designed in accordance with NFiPA 13
  • G.L. 148, §26A- Automatic sprinklers in high-rise buildings- enforcements and appeals

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Joseph and Pamela Leite v. Joseph Biszko, Building Commissioner, Town of Fall River pdf format of    joseph_and_pamela_leite_v._town_of_fall_river.1.pd  (123kb)

June 25, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1010.0.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0- Means of egress- number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Minimum number of exits

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Joseph and Pamela Leite v. Joseph Biszko, Building Commissioner, Town of Fall River pdf format of    joseph_and_pamela_leite_v._town_of_fall_river.pdf  (117kb)

June 25, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1010.0.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0- Means of egress- number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Minimum number of exits

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Eduardo and Mary Ferreira v. Joseph Biszko, Building Commissioner, Town of Fall River pdf format of    eduardo_and_mary_ferreira_v._town_of_fall_river.pd  (128kb)

June 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1010.0.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0- Means of egress- number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Minimum number of exits

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Derek Donohoe v. Town of Ipswich and James Sperber pdf format of    derek_donohoe_v._town_of_ipswich.pdf  (143kb)

June 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 110.1, 3603.12.1 and 3603.14.1.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.1- Permit application
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1- Size of landing/open space on the exterior of exit doors
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.1.1- Handrail requirements in regards to stairways

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Anita Rogers v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    anita_rogers_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (148kb)

June 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Board should allow a variance to 780 C.M.R. 705.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Openings in exterior walls

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David C. Hawkins v. Glenn R. Clancy, Belmont Inspector of Buildings pdf format of    david_c._hawkins_v._town_of_belmont.pdf  (98kb)

March 10, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.6 and 1014.6.2
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6- Stairways- treads and risers
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.2- Stairways- treads and risers- dimensions
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.9- Stairway construction

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Harold Cutler, as agent for Tufts University v. Thomas White, City of Boston Inspectional Services Department pdf format of    tufts_university_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (294kb)

June 13, 2008

  • Issues: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 705.3 and 705.5; whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.1 regarding fire rating of exterior walls of enclosed exit stairways; whether to allow a variance from 780 C.M.R. 403.8 and authorize the use of the Smoke Guard system for sealing elevator door openings as opposed to requiring an elevator lobby or pressurization of the elevator shafts.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Openings in exterior walls
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.5- Vertical exposure of exterior walls
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.1- Interior stairways- exterior walls
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.8- High-rise buildings- elevators

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Eileen McMann v. Town of Weston pdf format of    eileen_mcmann_v._town_of_weston.2.pdf

March 13, 2008

  • Issues: Whether 780 C.M.R. 110.0 and 112 should be interpreted to require obtaining a permit prior to the demolition of buildings on the property and, if so, whether, under these circumstances, a variance should be granted.
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.0- Application for permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 112- Demolition of Structures

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Performance Food Group v. City of Springfield pdf format of    performance_food_group_v._city_of_springfield.pdf  (166kb)

March 4, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance pursuant to 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 with respect to the fire system for its storage facility.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1- Fire protection systems- approval/ acceptance- alternative fire protection design methodologies- independent engineering review

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Ken Sternberg v. Town of Ipswich pdf format of    ken_sternberg_v._town_of_ipswich.pdf  (126kb)

June 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1 and 3603.3.2 for the construction of a two-story addition where the exterior wall appears to be within the required fire separation distance from the lot line with many openings.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1 and 3603.3.2- Required fire separation from a lot line where a portion of the building's exterior wall has many openings

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Hughes Associates, Inc. v. City of Boston pdf format of    hughes_associates_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (122kb)

July 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 403.2 and 906.2 for a proposed high-rise mixed-use group building where the electrical transformer vault (room) does not have a fire sprinkler protection as required by the state building code.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- High-rise buildings- sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2- Fire sprinkler system- equipped throughout

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Consulting Fire Protection, Engineer v. Town of Georgetown pdf format of    consulting_fire_protection,_engineer_v_town_of_geo  (129kb)

July 10, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 118.1, 121.0, 121.2, 121.3, and 121.7 and whether the cease and desist order should be lifted.
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.1- Violations of the Building Code- unlawful acts
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.0- Unsafe structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.2- Unsafe structures- inspection
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.3- Unsafe structures- removal or making structures safe
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.7- Unsafe structures- standards for making buildings safe or secure

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Axel Kaufman v. Town of Wellesley pdf format of    axel_kaufman_v_town_of_wellesley.pdf  (94kb)

July 10, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1 and be allowed to build a platform that meets the Seventh Edition of the Building Code and not the Sixth Edition.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1- Exterior landings

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David Fromm and David Perry v. City of Boston pdf format of    david_fromm_and_david_perry_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (269kb)

July 10, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Building Code applies and the board has jurisdiction over this matter.
  • G.L. 143, §100- Board has authority to decide cases of those aggrieved by state and local agencies
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.1-Violations of the Building Code- unlawful acts
  • 780 C.M.R. 120.2- Certificate of occupancy- buildings or structures hereafter altered
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.3- Use or occupancy- residential use groups- structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.5- Use or occupancy- residential use groups- structures
  • 105 C.M.R. 410.020- Minimum standards of fitness for human habitation- definitions- rooming house

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Livio Marinelli v. Town of Stoughton pdf format of    livio_marinelli_v_town_of_stoughton.pdf  (135kb)

July 10, 2008

  • Issues: Whether the town acted on Appellant's building permit application, and if not, whether it should be ordered to do so, pursuant to 780 C.M.R. 111.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.1- Permits- action on an application

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Joseph Ponte v. City of Fall River pdf format of    joseph_ponte_v_city_of_fall_river.pdf  (123kb)

July 10, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 1010 mandating a second full means of egress for the right first floor apartment.
  • 780 C.M.R.1010- Number of exits

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Elizabeth Rover Bailey v. Town of Framingham pdf format of    elizabeth_rover_bailey_v_town_of_framingham.pdf  (43kb)

July 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the limitations set forth is 780 CMR 3603.13.3 for the newly constructed stairway to access to the newly renovated basement of a 1904 built house.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.3- Stairways- headroom

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Ken Sternberg v. Town of Ipswich pdf format of    ken_sternberg_v._town_of_ipswich.pdf  (126kb)

June 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1 and 3603.3.2 for the construction of a two-story addition where the exterior wall appears to be within the required fire separation distance from the lot line with many openings.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1 and 3603.3.2- Required fire separation from a lot line where a portion of the building's exterior wall has many openings

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The Institute of Professional Practice v. City of Leominster pdf format of    the_institute_of_professional_practice_v_city_of_l  (94kb)

June 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 1204.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1- Interior environment- room dimensions- ceiling height;
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.4- Number of exits- emergency escape

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Eduardo and Mary Ferreira v. Joseph Biszko, Building Commissioner, Town of Fall River pdf format of    eduardo_and_mary_ferreira_v._town_of_fall_river.pd  (128kb)

June 26, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1010.0.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.0- Means of egress- number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Minimum number of exits

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Kenneth Jodrie, as agent for the Town of Stockbridge v. Town of Stockbridge pdf format of    kenneth_jodrie,_as_agent_for_the_town_of_stockbrid  (149kb)

June 19, 2008

  • Issue: Whether the Appellant should be granted a variance from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 904.2 and 914.2 to allow occupancy to the building without certification of the automatic fire suppression system and standpipe operation.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2- Fire tests- alternative protection
  • 780 C.M.R. 914.2- Roof construction- stadiums

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Huntington Homes v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts and William Horrocks pdf format of    huntington_homes_v_commonwealth_of_massachusetts_a  (106kb)

June 12, 2008

  • Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1006.4.1 in order to complete construction of a building involving a residential duplex over a business.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.4.1- Types and location of means of egress- remoteness of a remote location
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- Fire sprinkler systems- equipped throughout- in accordance with NFiPA 13 systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.2- Fire sprinkler systems- equipped throughout- in accordance with NFiPA 13 systems

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The Springfield Museums and Stephen Jablonksi v. City of Springfield pdf format of    the_springfield_museums_and_stephen_jablonski_v_ci  (91kb)

June 12, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1006.3 in order to commence with plans to renovate and add onto property.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.3- Types of location and means of egress- exit discharge

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Michael Smith v. Town of Maynard and Richard Asmann pdf format of    michael_smith_v_town_of_maynard_and_richard_asmann  (109kb)

June 12, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 5403.1.4.1.
  • C.M.R. 5403.1.4.1- Foundations- minimum depth- frost protection

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Georgia Saffron v. Colleen E. Fermon, City of Ipswich Health Director pdf format of    georgia_saffron_v_colleen_e._fermon_city_of_ipswic  (100kb)

June 6, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 105 C.M.R. 410.480.
  • 105 C.M.R. 410.480- Minimum standards of fitness for human habitation- locks;
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1- Means of egress- doorways- locks and latches

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Leon Pernice representing Alice Rodriguez v. Mark E. Hebert, City of Springfield Senior Building Inspector pdf format of    leon_pernice_representing_alice_rodriguez_v_mark._  (115kb)

March 12, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from C.M.R. 904.7 for a fire suppression alternative in her building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.7- Use group R-2 for fire suppression systems

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Ed Rachins v. Town of Wellesley pdf format of    ed_rachins_v_town_of_wellesley.pdf  (95kb)

March 13, 2008

  • Issue: Whether a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.11.1 should be allowed with respect to four egress doors from the first floor of a patio area when there are, in addition to those four doors, three other egress doors that comply with the code.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.11.1- Doors and hallways- exit doors

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Verizon Wireless v. Town of Danvers pdf format of    verizon_wireless_v_town_of_danvers.pdf  (90kb)

March 3, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the limitations set forth in 780 C.M.R. 503.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503- General height and area building limitations

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts pdf format of    university_of_massachusetts,_amherst_v_commonwealt  (99kb)

January 16, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 404.4.
  • 780 C.M.R. 404.4- Atriums- smoke control
  • 780 C.M.R. 921.0- Fire protection systems- smoke control systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3, Exception 2- Floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- floor opening enclosure- when a shaft is not required

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Little v. City of Danvers pdf format of    08_650_little_v._city_of_danvers.pdf  (124kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.11, 1014.3.2, 1014.4, and 1014.3 to bypass dimensional restraints on the stairways of a building because of construction difficulties, historic building constraints, and the size of the building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior stairway enclosures
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3.2 - Stairways - Width - Landing width
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.4 - Headroom
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3 - Stairways - Width

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Guinta v. Town of Needham pdf format of    08_649_guinta_v._town_of_needham.pdf  (136kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 111.8 to reinstate revoked permits for the construction of a single family dwelling.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.8 - Permits - Expiration of permit

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Ciccariello v. Town of Framingham pdf format of    08_648_ciccariello_v._town_of_framingham.pdf  (127kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1014.3.1 to allow a lift that impedes or blocks a major exit path in the building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3.1 - Stairways - Lift - Restrictions

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Edwards v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_647_edwards_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (125kb)

October 28, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1017.2, 1020.3, and 3404.9 to bypass fire safety regulations regarding the stairways, lobby, and hallway of an existing building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.2 - Means of Egress Doorways - Number of doorways
  • 780 C.M.R. 1020.3 - Level of Exit Discharge Passageways Used as an Exit Element - Lobby
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.9 - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less - Height and Area Limitations

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Lang v. City of Wellesley pdf format of    08_646_lang_v._city_of_wellesley.pdf  (122kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1022.2.4 to allow handrails to be installed as shown in Appellant's designs.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1022.2.4 - Handrails - Handrail details - Handrail ends

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Rzeznik v. City of Braintree pdf format of    08_645_rzeznick_v._city_of_braintree.pdf  (137kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 402.1 allow a smoke control design system that complies with the 5 th Edition of 780 C.M.R.
  • 780 C.M.R. 402.1 - Covered Mall Buildings - Scope

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Lemos v. City of Braintree pdf format of    08_644_lemos_v._city_of_braintree.pdf  (137kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 904.4 to allow an ammonia storage tank enclosure to be constructed without a sprinkler system in a building that is too small for such a sprinkler system.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.4 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group H

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Stone v. City of Braintree pdf format of    08_643_stone_v._city_of_braintree.pdf  (128kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 904.4 to allow a gas meter building to be constructed without a sprinkler system.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.4 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group H

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Grandfield v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_642_grandfield_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (133kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 113 and 118.1 to allow the replacement of an existing fence.
  • 780 C.M.R. 113 - Conditions of Permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 118.1 - Violations - Unlawful acts

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Woodworth v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_641_woodworth_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (127kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 3404.13 to bypass the requirement that interior stairways must be enclosed, and allow an existing condition of an open stair to remain.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.13 - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less - Enclosure of stairways

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Edwards v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_640_edwards_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (127kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1019.4 to bypass egress travel distance restrictions and allow current egress travel distances in horizontal exits.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1019.4 - Horizontal Exits - Egress from area of refuge

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Morizio v. City of Boston pdf format of    08_639_morizio_v._city_of_boston.pdf  (119kb)

October 2, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 103.0 and 1028.3 to bypass the requirement to secure a permit for concrete on a front lawn area and to reconnect roof drains for proper drainage.
  • 780 C.M.R. 103.0 - Maintenance
  • 780 C.M.R. 1028.3 - Maintenance of Exits - Testing and Certification

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Gingras v. City of Charlton pdf format of    08_638_gingras_v._city_of_charlton.pdf  (125kb)

September 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 1011.4 to allow relief from a one-hour corridor rating, 20-minute rated doors, and self closing devices on the subject property and its intended use as a kennel/daycare for dogs and cats.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1011.4 - Exit Access Passageways and Corridors - Enclosure

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Cutler v. City of Danvers pdf format of    08_637_cutler_v._city_of_danvers.pdf  (116kb)

September 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 2801.2 to bypass the requirement that a mechanical ventilation system must be installed in two hanger bays so long as two CO detectors are installed instead.
  • 780 C.M.R. 2801.2 - Mechanical Systems - Mechanical code

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Greenup v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    08_636_greenup_v._city_of_cambridge.pdf  (125kb)

September 23, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 C.M.R. 119 to override a stop work order on a historic building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 119 - Stop Work Order

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780 CMR 1017.2.3 - Means of Egress Doorways - Door Arrangement

Rachins v. Town of Wellesley pdf format of    05_464_rachins_v_town_of_wellesley.pdf  (135kb)

March 13, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 3603.11.1 with respect to four egress doors to a patio area when there are three additional egress doors that comply with the Code.
  • 780 CMR 3603.11.1 - One and Two Family Dwellings - Doors and Hallways

(this regulation no longer exists in the 7 th edition)

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MIT v. City of Cambridge pdf format of    05_465_mit_v_city_of_cambridge.pdf  (195kb)

July 10, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 708.2 to depart from the maximum building separation fire wall opening of 25%, to allow a 42% opening between the new and old buildings.  Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1014.11 to allow an open stairway from the second to first floor as  required third means of egress in lieu of an enclosed third stairway as required by the Code.
  • 780 CMR 708.2 - Fire Wall Openings - Size of Openings
  • 780 CMR 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior Stairway Enclosures

Institute of Professional Practice v. City of Leominster pdf format of    05_466_institute_of_professional_practice_v_city_o  (783kb)

June 30, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 1204.1 to allow a ceiling height of 6'11" in a bedroom when it was a pre-existing condition.
  • 780 CMR 1204.1 - Room Dimensions - Ceiling Heights

Daniels v. City of Springfield pdf format of    05_468_daniels_v_city_of_springfield.pdf  file size 4MB (4.63mb)

September 29, 2008

  • Issue: Whether Appellant's property met the requirements under 6 th Edition 780 CMR 709.1 and Table 602 with respect to one-hour fire separation.
  • 780 CMR 709.1 - Fire Separation Assembles - General -
  • 780 CMR Table 602 - Fire Resistance Ratings of Structure Elements

Decisions 2007

Forest City Corporation v. City of Haverhill pdf format of    forest_city_corporation_v._city_of_haverhill.pdf  (149kb)

December 20, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 503.1 because the building will exceed the height limitations for its type of building; whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.1 to allow existing windows in stairways to remain in the building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.1- General height and area limitations of buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.1- Fire resistant materials and construction- fire separation assemblies- exterior walls

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Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Devens Enterprise Commission pdf format of    bristol_myers_squibb_v._devens_enterprise_commissi  (135kb)

December 19, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed to install two-hour fire rated construction materials, in lieu of a sprinkler protection system, in a certain electrical/transformer room located on the second floor of a development pharmaceutical facility.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.1- General height and area limitations of buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 504.1- General height modifications of buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 504.2- General building limitations- height modifications- automatic sprinkler systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 506.1- General building limitations- general area modifications
  • 780 C.M.R. 506.3- Building limitations- area modifications- automatic sprinkler system

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5 Star Oil Co. Inc. v. City of Boston pdf format of    5_star_oil_co._inc._v._city_of_boston.pdf  (82kb)

December 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant is required to obtain a building permit, under 780 C.M.R. 110.1, before constructing a building that is attached to an existing building.
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.1- Permit application
  • 780 C.M.R 110.3- Application for permit- exemptions
  • 780 C.M.R 202.0- Definition of accessory building

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Brendon Homes, LLC v. Town of Shrewsbury pdf format of    brendon_homes,_llc_v._town_of_shrewsbury.pdf  (94kb)

December 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance with respect to the finished ceiling height of a certain basement area in a condominium.
  • 78.M.R. 3603.8.1-3- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height- exception for ceiling obstructions

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Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Devens Enterprise Commission pdf format of    bristol-myers_squibb_v._devens_enterprise_commissi

December 11, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the requirement that doors in all clean room areas of the pharmaceutical facility must swing in the direction of egress of travel, as set forth in 780 C.M.R. 1017.4, 1019.1 and 1019.2.1
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4- Means of egress doorways- door hardware
  • 780 C.M.R. 1019.1- Means of egress- horizontal exits- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 1019.2.1- Means of egress- horizontal exits- separation- doors

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Felicia's, Inc. v. Town of Stoneham pdf format of    felicia's_inc._v._town_of_stoneham.pdf  (127kb)

December 4, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed to install a power operated horizontal sliding door to replace one of the two doorways to its restaurant.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.2.2- Types and location of means of egress- arrangement- assembly buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.4- Means of egress doorways- door hardware- horizontal sliding doors

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Joseph L. Martel v. City of Salem pdf format of    joseph_l._martel_v._city_of_salem.pdf  (110kb)

December 4, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed alternatives which would allow a fireplace to remain in place for visual effect, but be inoperable, rather than take the steps the inspector specified.
  • 780 C.M.R. 103.1- Maintenance- general

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ICON Architecture, Inc. v. City of Peabody pdf format of    icon_architecture_inc._v._city_of_peabody.pdf  (144kb)

November 28, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should obtain a variance from the one-hour fire resistance rating in 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 when the interior glass entries of all four stairs on all three floors of the existing elementary school building do not conform to the one-hour requirement; whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R 1022.2 due to the fact that the existing handrails do not comply with the Code because they are interrupted by newel posts and do not extend twelve inches beyond the bottom and top risers; whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the width requirement of 780 C.M.R 1017.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Means of egress- interior stairway enclosures
  • 780 C.M.R 1017.3- Means of egress doorways- size of doors
  • 780 C.M.R 1022.2- Means of egress- handrail details
  • 780 C.M.R 3409- Repair, alteration and change of use of existing buildings- historical buildings
  • 780 C.M.R 1022.1- Means of egress- handrails- general

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Christen Foy v. Town of Reading and Glen Redmond pdf format of    christen_foy_v._town_of_reading_and_glen_redmond.p  (69kb)

November 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8- Ceiling height requirements

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Thomas Pennel v. City of Haverhill and Richard Osborne pdf format of    thomas_pennel_v._city_of_haverhill_and_richard_osb  (96kb)

November 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 as it pertains to fire protection of bulk merchandise in rack storage.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1- Fire protection systems approval/acceptance- authority

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The Northbridge Companies, LLC v. Town of Plymouth pdf format of    the_northbridge_companies,_llc_v._town_of_plymouth  (226kb)

October 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether 25 studio apartments that make up the self-contained, Special Care Unit of the assisted living facility should be designated within Residential Use Group R-2 rather than Institutional Use Group I-1; whether Appellant should receive certain exemptions from provisions 3,4,5,6 and 7 of 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1.2 in order to install 3 magnetic locks at 3 perimeter doors that will be the means of egress from the Special Care Unit.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1.2 provisions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7- Means of egress- door hardware- special locking arrangements
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.1- Use or occupancy- residential use groups- general

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Owens Corning/NES v. City of Leominster pdf format of    owens_corning_nes_v._city_of_lemoninster.pdf  (109kb)

October 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from the minimum ceiling height requirement in the Code when constructing a finished recreation room in a homeowner's basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1- Interior environment- room dimensions- ceiling height

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Better Living Sunrooms v. Town of Acton pdf format of    better_living_sunrooms_v._town_of_acton.pdf  (107kb)

October 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.2
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.2- Guardrails

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HRCA of Dedham Inc. v. Town of Dedham pdf format of    hrca_of_deham_inc._v._town_of_dedham.pdf  (167kb)

October 24, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 313.1.2.
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 602- Fire resistant ratings of structure elements
  • 780 C.M.R. 313.1.2- Mixed-use groups- separated use groups
  • 780 C.M.R. 707.0- Fire resistant materials and construction- fire walls and party walls

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Vargas I. DaSilveira v. City of Brockton pdf format of    vargas_i._dasilveira_v._city_of_brockton.pdf  (128kb)

October 24, 2007

  • Issue: Whether variances are required to allow Appellant to rebuild a winder staircase in the same configuration as the staircase had existed since the building was first constructed.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.4.1- Existing non conforming means of egress
  • 780 C.M.R. 1009.2- Means of egress- capacity of egress components- minimum width
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.3- Means of egress- stairways- treads and stairways- winders

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Daniel Gattineri, Waterfront Properties, LLC v. City of Gloucester pdf format of    daniel_gattineri,_waterfront_properties,_llc_v._ci  (167kb)

October 24, 2007

  • Issue: Whether the City is required to issue a certificate of occupancy for a condominium unit when its construction has been completed, there are no Code violations, City officials had approved the building permits for the construction, and the only question is whether the unit complies with the City's Zoning Ordinance.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.2- Permits- zoning
  • 780 C.M.R. 106.1- General duties and powers of the building official

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Community Rowing, Inc. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts pdf format of    community_rowing,_inc._v._commonwealth_of_massachu  (163kb)

October 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the requirement of enclosed one-hour rated fire separation assemblies for interior exit stairs when open egress stairways are allowed under the 2003 International Building Code; whether the Code allows the use of bituminous concrete (asphalt) as the finished floor for the boat storage area on the first floor of the building and on the first floor of an adjacent building, the sculling pavilion.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Interior stairway enclosures
  • 780 C.M.R. 805.1- Interior finishes- floor finish- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 603- Types 1 and 2 construction
  • 780 C.M.R. 709- Fire resistant materials and construction- fire separation assemblies
  • 780 C.M.R. 711- Fire resistant materials and construction- fire partitions
  • 780 C.M.R. 711.4- Fire resistant materials and construction- fire partitions- continuity
  • 780 C.M.R. 713- Fire resistant materials and construction- floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies

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Judith Schwenk v. Town of Marblehead pdf format of    judith_schwenk_v._town_of_marblehead.pdf  (162kb)

October 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 705.3 to add openings to an unprotected area in close proximity to the property line; whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.4 to install stairs in the attic, which currently do not exist, that will replicate the two-winder design that exists in the stairways from the first and the second floors.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.4- Stairways- winders
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.1- Handrails

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Andrew Zalewski v. Town of Bedford and Dan Sullivan pdf format of    andrew_zalewski_v._town_of_bedford_and_dan_sulliva  (88kb)

October 10, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 1017.4.1.2, 1010.5 and 1007.0.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.5- Means of egress- number of exits- open parking structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 1007.0- Accessible means of egress
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1.2- Floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- floor opening enclosure

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Douglas Haring for Andrew Perkins v. City of Lynn and Roger Ennis pdf format of    douglas_haring_for_andrew_perkins_v._city_of_lynn_  (118kb)

October 9, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 3404.16, 3404.12.3 and 3400.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.16- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- requirements for continuation of the same use group or change to a use group resulting on a change in hazard index of one or less- residential use groups
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.12.3- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- requirements for continuation of the same use group or change to a use group resulting on a change in hazard index of one or less- when fire protection systems are required in existing buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3.8- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- scope- applicability of residential use groups
  • 780 C.M.R. 3401.1- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- general definitions

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Walter Sterling v. Town of Oxford pdf format of    walter_sterling_v._town_of_oxford.pdf  (90kb)

October 9, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 903.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.1- Fire protection systems approval/acceptance- required

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Patricia A. Lambert v. Town of N. Andover and Gerald Brown pdf format of    patricia_a._lambert_v._town_of_n._andover_and_gera  (96kb)

October 3, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 116.0 and Table 106.
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.0- Registered architectural and professional engineering services- construction control
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 106- Duties and powers of the building official- required minimum inspections and certifications for specified use groups

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Mason v. Town of Dedham pdf format of    05_459_mason_v_town_of_dedham.pdf  (188kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 406.4 and 780 CMR 503.0 (Table 503) to allow a mixing of construction types (Type 2C and 1B) for a multi-use building.
  • 780 CMR 406.4 - Height and Area Limitations for Open Parking Structures
  • 780 CMR 503.0 (Table 503) - Height and Area Limitations of Building

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Mason v. Town of Dedham pdf format of    05_458_mason_v_town_of_dedham.pdf  (188kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 505.3 to allow an alternative to the two means of egress from a mezzanine than required by the regulations. Whether both means of egress can be enclosed stairs as opposed to having at least one open stairway.
  • 780 CMR 505.3 - Mezzanines - Egress

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Hasting v. Town of Boston pdf format of    09_477_hastings_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (186kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 403.2, 780 CMR 904.2, 780 CMR 906.2.1 and M.G.L. c. 148, §26A to allow the omission of sprinkler protection in an electrical transformer vault within a new high-rise hotel.
  • 780 CMR 403.2 - High-Rise Buildings - Sprinkler System
  • 780 CMR 904.2 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1 in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area:
  • 780 CMR 906.2.1 - NFiPA 13 systems:
  • M.G.L. c. 148, §26A - Automatic sprinklers in high rise buildings; enforcement; appeals

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Morgan v. Town of Westborough pdf format of    05_461_morgan_v_town_of_westborough.pdf  (314kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 3611.12.1 to allow a previously constructed landing, which does not meet the minimum size requirements, when the exit doors do not swing open over the stairs.
  • 780 CMR 3611.12.1 - Landings

(this regulation no longer exists in the 7 th edition)

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Williams v. City of Brockton pdf format of    05_462_williams_v_city_of_brockton.pdf  (580kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 904.7 when appeal was filed more than 45 days after the building permit was issued
  • 780 CMR 904.7 - Fire Suppression Systems - Use Group R-2

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Woodworth v. Town of Rockport pdf format of    05_463_woodworth_v_town_of_rockport.pdf  (127kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 6 th Edition
  • 780 CMR 1006.2.4.3, 605.1, 705.3, 3107.0, 1017.2.3 to avoid constraints when constructing a building with historic character.
  • 780 CMR 1006.2.4.3 - Types of Location of Means of Egress - Foyers and Waiting Spaces - Construction
  • 780 CMR 605.1 - Type 4 Construction - General
  • 780 CMR 705.3 - Exterior Walls - Openings
  • 780 CMR 3107.0 - Floor Resistant Construction

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John Strandberg v. City of Springfield and Steven Desilets pdf format of    john_strandberg_v._city_of_springfield_and_steven_  (103kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3404.11 and 3404.12.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.11- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- requirements for continuation of the same use group or change to a use group resulting on a change in hazard index of one or less- fire protection systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.12- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- requirements for continuation of the same use group or change to a use group resulting on a change in hazard index of one or less- when fire protection systems are required

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Stephen J. Clifford and Richard Bernard v. Town of Dedham pdf format of    stephen_j._clifford_and_richard_bernard_v._town_of  (146kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1 and 3603.3.2 to reconstruct the interior/exterior wall of an existing building because of the de minimus distance between the actual space between the building and the lot line and the required distance under the Code.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1- Fire resistance rating of exterior walls- exterior walls
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.2- Fire resistance rating of exterior walls- openings

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Keving Hastings v. City of Cambridge, Michael Grover, and Daniel Turner pdf format of    kevin_hastings_v._city_of_cambridge,_michael_grove  (86kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 403.2, 904.2 and 906.2.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- Special use and occupancy- high rise buildings- sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2- Fire protection systems- fire suppression systems- when to use groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- Fire protection systems- fire sprinkler systems- equipped throughout- NFiPA 13 systems

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Robert Hendershot v. City of Gloucester and William Sanborn pdf format of    robert_hendershot_v._city_of_gloucester_and_willia  (105kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1204.1.1 and 1014.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1.1- Interior environment- room dimensions- ceiling heights- when to use groups A, B, E and M
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3- Means of egress- stairways- width

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Peter Harrod v. City of Boston and Thomas White pdf format of    peter_harrod_v._city_of_boston_and_thomas_white.pd  (101kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 2807.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 2807.1- Mechanical systems- general waste and linen handling systems

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Robert Eberle for K. Krikorian v. Town of Merrimac and Philip Hagopian pdf format of    robert_eberle_for_k._william_krikorian_v._town_of_  (94kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from the Local Building Commissioner's Failure to Act by lifting a Stop Work Order and granting a Building Permit for his property.

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A. Vernon Woodworth v. Town of Onset and Theodore Misiaszek pdf format of    a._vernon_woodworth_v._town_of_onset_and_theodore_  (92kb)

October 1, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R.705.3 and 602.4.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R 602.4- Types of construction- construction classification- non-combustibility requirements

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Michael DiMascio for Chelsea Nursing Home v. City of Chelsea and Joseph Cooney pdf format of    michael_dimascio_for_chelsea_nursing_home_v._city_  (82kb)

October 1, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 409.2.1 through 409.2.4.
  • 780 C.M.R. 409.2.1- Special use and occupancy- use group I-2- corridors- waiting area
  • 780 C.M.R 409.2.2- Special use and occupancy- use group I-2- corridors- waiting areas of unlimited area
  • 780 C.M.R 409.2.3- Special use and occupancy- use group I-2- corridors- nurses' stations
  • 780 C.M.R 409.2.4- Special use and occupancy- use group I-2- corridors- mental health treatment areas

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Verizon Wireless v. Town of Danvers pdf format of    05_482_verizon_wireless_v_town_of_danvers.pdf  (129kb)

October 23, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance of 780 CMR 503, in order to install a cupola on an existing building, which would house wireless telecommunications equipment?
  • 780 CMR 503- General Building Limitations - General Height and Area Limitations

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Saffron v. Town of Ipswich pdf format of    05_481_saffron_v_town_of_ipswich.pdf  (138kb)

October 23, 2007

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 105 CMR 410.480, relating to a main entry door lock on an owner occupied four unit building?
  • 105 CMR 410.480- Department of Public Health - Minimum Standards for Fitness for Human Habitation - Locks

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Wall v. Town of Provincetown pdf format of    05_480_wall_v_town_of_provincetown.pdf  (442kb)

December 18, 2007

  • Issue: Does 780 CMR 1010.2 require two exits from the same level? If 780 CMR 1010.2 does require two exits, whether to grant Appellant a variance involving one unit of a six unit building, where the one unit is built into a hill?
  • 780 CMR 1010.2- Means of Egress - Number of Exists - Minimum Number

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Saeli v. Town of Needham pdf format of    05_479_saeli_v_town_of_needham.pdf  (172kb)

October 4, 2007

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 780 CMR 3603.12.1 and 3603.14, in regards to a landing next to a sliding door, and handrails, for a stairway not serving as an access to the home in a residential building?
  • 780 CMR 3603.12.1- Chapter 36 in the 6 th edition has expired, it is reserved in the 7 th edition
  • 780 CMR 3603.14- Chapter 36 in the 6 th edition has expired, it is reserved in the 7 th edition

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Community Rowing, Inc. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts pdf format of    05_423_community_rowing_inc_v_commonwealth_of_mass  (172kb)

October 18, 2007

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from the 6 th edition 780 CMR 1014.11, which requires interior exit stairways to be enclosed with fire separation assemblies having a fire resistance rating of not less than 2 hours, except that such stairways in occupancies in Use Group A, B, E, F, H-4, I, M, R or S which connect less than four stories shall be enclosed with fire separation assemblies having a fire resistance rating of not less than one hour. Also, whether asphalt is allowed to be an exemption under 6 th Edition 780 CMR 805.1 which state that finished floors or floor covering materials of traditional type such as wood, vinyl, linoleum, etc are exempt from the requirements of 780 CMR 805.0.

  • 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1014.11 - Stairways - Interior Stairway Enclosures
  • 6 th Edition CMR 805.1 - Floor Finish - General

05-422: Mark Cutone v. City of Boston pdf format of    05_422_mark_cutone_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (152kb)

July 30, 2008

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1010.2 that requires minimum number of exits based on the building occupant load, and whether the appellant should be granted variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1014.8.2, which requires that all means of egress doors swing open in the direction of the egress travel.

  • 780 CMR 1010.2 - Number of Exits - Minimum Number
  • 780 CMR 1014.8.2 - Stairways -Direction of Swing

05-421: Better Living v. Town of Acton pdf format of    05_421_better_living_sunrooms_v_town_of_acton.pdf  (110kb)

October 26, 2007

Issue: Whether the appellant should be granted variance from 780 CMR 3603.14.2 which requires porches, balconies, decks or raised floor surfaces located more than 30 inches above the floor or grade below shall have guardrails not less than 36 inches in height. 780 CMR 3603.14.2 (780 CMR 5312.1 in 7 th Edition) - Guards - Guards Required

Winchester Hospital v. Town of Winchester pdf format of    05_478_winchester_hospital_v_town_of_winchester.pd  (156kb)

October 4, 2007

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 780 CMR 1011.3 and 3404.3 in order to complete a renovation of the nursing unit at Winchester Hospital?
  • 780 CMR 1011.3- Means of Egress - Exit Access Passageways and Corridors - Width
  • 780 CMR 3404.3- Repair, Alteration, Addition, and Change of Use of Existing Buildings - Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index, of One or Less - New Building Systems

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Perry v. City of Boston pdf format of    05_457_perry_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (139kb)

September 25, 2007

  • Issue: Whether the Board has jurisdiction to hold a hearing on a Building Code issue where there are also issues related to violations of the Boston Zoning Code and a Complaint and Notice to Show Cause existing in the Boston Housing Court?
  • 780 CMR 118.1- Administration - Violations - Unlawful Acts
  • Boston Zoning Ordinance

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NHM Realty LLC v. Town of Nantucket pdf format of    05_470_nhm_realty_llc_v_town_of_nantucket.pdf  (146kb)

September 6, 2007

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 780 CMR 503, involving a building with five stories instead of four, where if the "first level" was considered a "basement" the building would not be in violation of the code?
  • 780 CMR 503- General Building Limitations - General Height and Area Limitations
  • 780 CMR 502.1- General Building Limitations - Definitions - General

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Mason v. Town of Dedham pdf format of    05_459_mason_v_town_of_dedham.pdf  (188kb)

August 21, 2007

  • Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance of 780 CMR Tables 503 and 406.4, involving construction which includes both a parking garage and mercantile usage, and would allow for two types of construction (type 2C and 1B respectively)?
  • 780 CMR Table 503- General Building Limitations - General Height and Area Limitations
  • 780 CMR Table 406.4- Special Use and Occupancy - Open Parking Structures - Height and Area Limitations for Open Parking Structures

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Michael Jolliffe v. Town of Mattapoissett and Andy Bobola pdf format of    michael_jolliffe_v._town_of_mattapoisett_and_andy_  (71kb)

September 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1- Landings- general

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Charles MacGregor v. Town of Shrewsbury BO pdf format of    charles_macgregor_v._town_of_shrewsbury_bo.pdf  (74kb)

September 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1-3 for two units of a new condominium development.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1-3- Minimum ceiling height- exceptions

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Shawn McCormack, Owens Corning/ NES v. Town of Northbridge/ James Sheehan, Jr., Inspector of Buildings pdf format of    shawn_mccormack,_owens_corning_nes_v._town of nort  (118kb)

September 20, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 pertaining to finished ceiling and soffit heights in reference to a building permit application to finish part of an existing basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height

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Christopher J. Connell & Dawn A. Connell v. Town of Pittsfield and Edwin May pdf format of    christopher_j._connell_&_dawn_a._connell_v._town_o  (111kb)

September 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 1017.4 and G.L. 143, §3R
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4- Means of egress doorways- door hardware
  • G.L. 143, §3R- Inspection of buildings- apartment houses; exterior doors and locks

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William Winkler v. City of Cambridge, and Michael Grover pdf format of    william_winkler_v._city_of_cambridge,_and_michael_  (90kb)

September 5, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 917.8.1 and 521 C.M.R. 40.3 relating to the use of strobe notification lights in stairways.
  • 780 C.M.R. 917.8.1- Fire protection signaling systems (fire alarm systems)- alarm notification appliances- visible alarm synchronization
  • 521 C.M.R. 40.3- Architectural Access Board- alarms- visual alarms

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David Perry v. City of Boston and Charles Colburn pdf format of    david_perry_v._city_of_boston_and_charles_colburn.  (118kb)

August 20, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 111.8 pertaining to the expiration of a building permit; whether a Stop Work Order issued by the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department should be vacated.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.8- Expiration of a permit

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Dan Walsh v. Town of Reading and C. Glen Redmond pdf format of    dan_walsh_v._twon_of_reading_and_c._glen_redmond.p  (87kb)

August 20, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R.3603.13.1 and 1014.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.13.1- Stairways- width
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3- Means of egress- stairways- width

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William Starck v. State Building Official, Jeffrey Putnam pdf format of    william_starck_v._state_building_official,_jeffrey  (108kb)

August 20, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1017.4 relating to door hardware.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4- Means of egress doorways- door hardware
  • 103 C.M.R. 920.08- Department of Correction- County Correctional Facilities- Physical Plant- multiple occupancy areas

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Harold Cutler v. City of Boston and Luis Santana pdf format of    harold_cutler_v._city_of_boston_and_luis_santana.p  (97kb)

August 20, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 924 relative to building fire pumps for his property.
  • 780 C.M.R. 924- Fire protection systems- fire pumps
  • 780 C.M.R 924.1- Fire protection systems- fire pumps- general

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A.Vernon Woodworth v. Town of Bedford and Ronald Durgin pdf format of    a._vernon_woodworth_v._town_of_new_bedford_and_ron  (78kb)

July 31, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1204.1 relative to ceiling height requirements.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1- Interior environment- room dimensions- ceiling heights

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Richard Farrick v. Town of Millers Falls and Gina McNeely pdf format of    richard_farrick_v._town_of_millers_falls_and_gina_  (104kb)

July 31, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from G.L. 143, §3R.
  • G.L. 143, §3R- Inspection of buildings- apartment houses; exterior doors and locks

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Univ. of Mass. v. Dep't of Pub. Safety pdf format of    05-447_univ_of_mass_v_dept_of_public_safety.pdf  (171kb)

July 24, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant grant variances from 6 th edition 780 CMR 418.3.2, NFPA 30:2.3.3.2.1, NFPA 11:4.3.2.1.1, and 780 CMR Table 602 with respect to a fuel oil storage facility.

  • 780 CMR 418.3.2-Use Groups H-1, H-2, H-3 and H-4-Use Group H-2-Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • 780 CMR Table 602-Fire Resistance Ratings of Structure Elements

Ullmann v. Town of Marblehead pdf format of    05-446_ullmann_v_town_of_marblehead.pdf  (126kb)

July 24, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 3603.6 for his half bathroom when it has a window for natural ventilation.

  • 780 CMR 3603.6-Chapter 36 has expired

Lin v. City of Malden pdf format of    05-445_lin_v_city_of_malden.pdf  (179kb)

July 24, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6 th edition 780 CMR 108.3.5 and 108.3.6 to obtain a building permit

  • 780 CMR 108.3.5-Rules and Regulations-Activities Requiring Licensing, Registration or Certification-Licensing of Construction Supervisors
  • 780 CMR 108.3.6-Rules and Regulations-Activities Requiring Licensing, Registration or Certification-Registration of Home Improvement Contractors

Emerson College v. City of Boston pdf format of    05-444_emerson_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (272kb)

July 24, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6 th edition 780 CMR 917.9.1, 705.3, 705.5, 403.5, 403.2 to construct a building adjacent to an existing building

  • 780 CMR 917.9.1-Fire Protective Signaling Systems-Voice/Alarm Signaling System
  • 780 CMR 705.3-Exterior Walls-Openings
  • 780 CMR 705.5-Exterior Walls-Vertical Exposure
  • 780 CMR 403.5-High-Rise Buildings-Voice/alarm Signaling Systems
  • 780 CMR 403.2-High-Rise Buildings-Sprinkler System

Carlson v. City Of Leominster pdf format of    05-443_carlson_v_city_of_leominster.pdf  (118kb)

July 24, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 1204.1 in order to finish a basement area of a single family home.

  • 780 CMR 1204.1-Room Dimensions-Ceiling Heights

Lowe's Inc. v. Town of Ware pdf format of    05-442A_lowes_v_town_of_ware.pdf  file size 1MB (1.96mb)

July 10, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 903.2.1

  • 780 CMR 903.2.1-Fire Protection Systems Approval/Acceptance-Authority-Alternative Fire Protection Design Methodologies-Independent Engineering Review

Fernando Perez v. Town of Wayland and Daniel Bennett pdf format of    fernando_perez_v._town_of_wayland_and_daniel_benne  (67kb)

July 10, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 3603.12.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1- Landings- general

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Perkins v. City of Lynn pdf format of    05-436_perkins_v_city_of_lynn.pdf  (153kb)

July 24, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 3404.16, 3404.12.3 and 3400.3.

  • 780 CMR 3404.16-Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less-Residential Use Groups
  • 780 CMR 3404.12.3-- Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less-Fire Protection Systems are Required for the Following Cases-Existing Buildings Substantially Altered
  • 780 CMR 3400.3-Scope-Applicability

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Abercrombie & Fitch v. City of Boston pdf format of    05-435_abercrombie_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (161kb)

July 5, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 713.3 with respect to renovation of retail shopping spaces.

  • 780 CMR 713.3-Floor/Ceiling and Roof/Ceiling Assemblies-Floor Opening Enclosure

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HRCA of Dedham, Inc. v. Town of Dedham pdf format of    05-434_hrca_of_dedham_v_town_of_dedham.pdf  (205kb)

July 5, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 313.3.2 for construction of new apartments as part a Senior Supportive Housing Campus.

  • 780 CMR 313.3.2-Mixed Use Groups-Use Group R

DaSilveira v. City of Brockton pdf format of    05-430_dasilveira_v_city_of_brockton.pdf  (167kb)

June 26, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 3400.4, 1009, and 1014.6.3 to re-frame a winder staircase.

  • 780 CMR 3400.4-Scope-Special Provisions for Means of Egress
  • 780 CMR 1009-Capacity of Egress Components
  • 780 CMR 1014.6.3-Stairways-Treads and Risers-Winders

 

Amisha LLC v. City of Woburn pdf format of    05-429_amisha_v_city_of_woburn.pdf  (136kb)

June 26, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 603.2, Table 602, 113.3, 110.3 and 113.2 to complete construction of a breakfast area in a hotel.

  • 780 CMR 603.2-Types 1 and 2 Construction-Interior Partitions
  • 780 CMR Table 602-Fire Resistance Ratings of Structure Elements
  • 780 CMR 113.3-Conditions of Permit-Compliance with Permit
  • 780 CMR 110.3-Application for Permit-Exemptions
  • 780 CMR 113.2-Conditions of Permit-Compliance with Code

Walsh v. Town of Reading pdf format of    05-428_walsh_v_town_of_reading.pdf  (119kb)

June 14, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1014.3 and 3603.13.1 to reduce the required width of a stair leading to a basement.

  • 780 CMR 1014.3-Stairways--Width
  • 780 CMR 3603.13.1-Chapter 36 of the 6 th Edition has expired

Foy v. Town of Reading pdf format of    05-427_foy_v_town_of_reading.pdf  (100kb)

June 14, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 3603.8 to allow a reduced ceiling height.

  • 780 CMR 3603.8-Chapter 36 of the 6 th Edition has expired

Owens Corning/NES v. City of Leominster pdf format of    05-426_owens_corning_v_city_of_leominster.pdf  (142kb)

June 14, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 1204.1 to allow for a finished basement.

  • 780 CMR 1204.1-Room Dimensions-Ceiling Heights

Strandberg v. City of Springfield pdf format of    05-425_strandberg_v_city_of_springfield.pdf  (139kb)

June 14, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6 th Edition 780 CMR 3404.11 and 3404.12.

  • 780 CMR 3404.11-Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less-Fire Protection Systems
  • 780 CMR 3404.12-Requirements for Continuation of the Same Use Group or Change to a Use Group Resulting in a Change in Hazard Index of One or Less-Fire Protection Systems Requirements

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Perry v. City of Boston pdf format of    05-433_perry_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (153kb)

June 26, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 111.8 pertaining to an expiration of a building permit.

  • 780 CMR 111.8-Permits-Expiration of Permit

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Zalewski v. Town of Bedford pdf format of    05-432_zalewski_v_town_of_bedford.pdf  (122kb)

June 26, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 1017.4.1.2 in regards to a garage.

  • 780 CMR 1017.4.1.2-Means of Egress Doorways-Door Hardware-Locks and Latches-Special Locking Arrangements

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Venti v. City of Essex pdf format of    05-431_venti_v_city_of_essex.pdf  (119kb)

June 26, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6 th edition 780 CMR 118.

  • 780 CMR 118-Violations

( Note: Appellant's request was dismissed because the Appeals Board had no jurisdiction in the case)

Community Rowing, Inc v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts

June 14, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1014.11 and render an interpretation about 6th Edition 780 CMR 805.1.

  • 780 CMR 1014.11-Stairways-Interior Stairway Enclosures
  • 780 CMR 805.1-Floor Finish--General

 

Cutone v. City of Boston

March 6, 2008

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant variances from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1010.2 and 1014.8.2 to permit a roof deck to be constructed

  • 780 CMR 1010.2-Number of Exits-Minimum Number
  • 780 CMR 1014.8.2-Stairways-Egress Doors-Direction of Swing

 

Better Living Sunrooms v. Town of Acton

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 3603.14.2 for a glass-enclosed sunroom.

  • 780 CMR 3603.14.2-Chapter 36 of the 6th Edition has expired

( Note: The Board rendered an interpretation of 780 CMR 3603.14.2 and determined that a variance was not required.)

 

Woodworth v. Town of New Bedford

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1204.1 relative to ceiling height requirements.

  • 780 CMR 1204.1-Room Dimensions-Ceiling Heights

 

Keenan v. Town of Haverhill

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1020.2.2.

  • 780 CMR 1020.2.2-Level of Exit Discharge Passageways Used as an Exit Element-Vestibule-Separation

 

Starck v. Putnam

May 22, 2007

Issue: Whether to grant Appellant a variance from 6th Edition 780 CMR 1017.4 relating to door hardware

  • 780 CMR 1017.4-Means of Egress Doorways-Door Hardware

Doug Anderson, R.W. Sullivan, Inc. v. Richard Osborne, Haverhill Building Inspector pdf format of    doug_anderson_,_r.w._sullivan,_inc._v._richard_osb  (112kb)

April 25, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 503.0, 705.3 and 1014.11.1 for the conversion of an existing mill building complex to a residential multi-family (R2) Use Group.
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.0- General building limitations- general height and area limitations
  • 780 C.M.R.. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11.1- Means of egress- stairways- interior stairway enclosures- exception for Use Group A-5

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Laurence Misrok v. Town of Lee and Donald Torrico pdf format of    laurence_misrok_v._town_of_lee_and_donald_torrico.  (118kb)

April 5, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 111.4 for an unimproved lot.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.4- Permits- water supply
  • G.L. 40, §54- Restrictions on issuance of building permits- availability of water supply; disposal of debris
  • G.L. 165, §1- Water companies- definitions- water supply

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David Ward, LD Builders, LLC v. William Thornton, Pittsfield Building Commissioner pdf format of    david_ward,_ld_builders,_llc_v._william_thornton,_  (97kb)

March 30, 2007

  • Issue: Whether the current means of egress from townhouse units meet the egress requirements set forth in Chapter 10 of the Code.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Means of egress- minimum number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.4- Types and location of means of egress- remote location
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.5- Types and location of means of egress- length of travel

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Maura Santos v. City of Peabody and Paul Kolodziej pdf format of    maura_santos_v._city_of_peabody_and_paul_kolodziej  (57kb)

March 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8- Ceiling height requirements

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Frederick Goff v. Town of Dracut and Dan McLaughlin pdf format of    frederick_goff_v._town_of_dracut_and_dan_mclaughli  (60kb)

March 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 918.4.5.
  • 780 C.M.R. 918.4.5- Fire protection systems- automatic fire detection systems (fire alarms)- where required- when to use Group I-1

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Richard Reuter v. City of Charlemont pdf format of    richard_reuter_v._city_of_charlemont.pdf  (52kb)

March 23, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 to allow headroom of 78 to 82 inches for two bedrooms located in the basement area of the property.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height

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Dennis Glynn v. Town of Milton and Joseph Prondak pdf format of    dennis_glynn_v._town_of_milton_and_joseph_prondak.  (69kb)

March 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 1016.4, 1017.1.1 and 1017.4.5.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1016.4- Means of egress- ramps- landings
  • 780 C.M.R 1017.1.1- Means of egress doorways- general- floor surface
  • 780 C.M.R 1017.4.5- Means of egress doorways- door hardware- access-controlled egress doors

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Edward Richardson v. Town of Westwood and Joseph Doyle, Jr. pdf format of    edward_richardson_v._town_of_westwood_and_jospeh_d  (60kb)

March 14, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 806.2.
  • 780 C.M.R. 806.2- Interior finishes- combustible materials permitted in floors of Type 1 and Type 2 construction- sleepers, bucks and grounds

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Edward Richardson v. Town of Westwood and Joseph Doyle, Jr pdf format of    edward_richardson_v._town_of_westwood_and_jospeh_d  (65kb)

March 14, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.4.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.4- Means of egress- stairways- headroom

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Jerald Baden v. City of Cambridge and Michael Grover pdf format of    jerald_baden_v._city_of_cambridge_and_michael_grov  (57kb)

March 14, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. Table 705 for a residential dwelling.
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 705- Exterior wall fire resistance ratings

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Michael Bedard v. Town of Northborough and William Farnsworth, Jr. pdf format of    michael_bedard_v._town_of_northborough_and_william  (56kb)

March 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 3603.10.4.1 for a residential dwelling.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.10.4.1- Means of egress- emergency egress from sleeping rooms- minimum size

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Kevin Hastings v. Town of Falmouth and Eladio R. Gore pdf format of    kevin_hastings_v._town_of_falmouth_and_eladio_r._g  (61kb)

March 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 3107.5.1, 3107.5.4 and 3107.7.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3107.5.1- Special construction- flood-resistant construction- flood-hazard zones- elevation
  • 780 C.M.R 3107.5.4- Special construction- flood-resistant construction- flood-hazard zones- water-resistant construction
  • 780 C.M.R 3107.7- Special construction- flood-resistant construction protection of mechanical and electrical systems

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Gregory Carell v. Town of Hanson and Robert Kirby pdf format of    gregory_carell_v._town_of_hanson_and_robert_kirby.  (59kb)

March 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. Table 716.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 716.1- Fire door assemblies- length of exit access travel

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Kevin Hastings v. Town of Sudbury and James F. Kelly pdf format of    kevin_hastings_v._town_of_sudbury_and_james_f._kel  (56kb)

March 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.11 for an interior stairway enclosure.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.11- Means of egress- stairways- interior stairway enclosures

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Gino J. Baroni v. City of Lawrence and Gregory Arvanitis pdf format of    gino_j._baroni_v._city_of_lawrence_and_gregory_arv  (76kb)

March 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 3400.3(8) and 3406.0.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3 (8)- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- applicability- residential use groups
  • 780 C.M.R. 3406.0- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- compliance alternatives

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Jai Singh Khalsa, Khalsa Design, Inc. v. Michael Grover, Building Inspector pdf format of    jai_singh_khalsa,_khalsa_design,_inc._v._michael_g  (69kb)

February 12, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. Table 705 for the renovation of an existing historic masonry building.
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 705- Exterior wall fire resistance ratings

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Peter Boria v. Town of Charlton and Curtis Meskus pdf format of    peter_boria_v._town_of_charlton_and_curtis_meskus.  (71kb)

January 24, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 904.2.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2- Fire suppression systems- when to use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1

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Shawn McCormack v. Town of Leicester and John Couture pdf format of    shawn_mccormack_v._town_of_leicester_and_john_cout  (66kb)

January 24, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 (Exception 3) in order to lower the ceiling height of a finished basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 (Exception 3)- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height- ceiling obstructions

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Kevin Hastings v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts and David C. Holmes pdf format of    kevin_hastings_v._commonwealth_of_massachusetts_an  (68kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 1014.4 and 1022.2.4 for a reduction in the headroom of a stairway and modified handrails.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.4- Means of egress- stairways- headroom
  • 780 C.M.R. 1022.2.4- Means of egress- handrail details- height

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Gwen Scarborough v. Town of Needham and Stephen O'Neill pdf format of    gwen_scarborough_v._town_of_needham_and_stephen_o'  (59kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 for the minimum ceiling height of a basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height

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Reverend Robert Casey v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    reverend_robert_casey_v._city_of_boston_and_willia  (62kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 903.3 and 917.8 for a church.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.3- Fire protection systems approval/acceptance- fire protection systems installation
  • 780 C.M.R. 917.8- Fire protective signaling systems- alarm notification appliances

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Timothy Ballas v. City of Somerville and Al Bargoot pdf format of    timothy_ballas_v._city_of_somerville_and_al_bargoo  (56kb)

April 5, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.4.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.4- Means of egress- stairways- treads and risers

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Michael Ashe v. Department of Public Safety and Louise Vera pdf format of    michael_ashe_v._department_of_public_safety_and_lo  (66kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: How the Board should render an interpretation and direction of a building inspector's directive relative to 780 C.M.R. 1017.3, 1017.3.3, 1017.3.4 and 1017.4 and NFPA 72 5.12 and 5.12.6.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.3- Means of egress doorways- size of doors
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.3.3- Means of egress doorways- size of doors- Use Group I-3
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.3.4- Means of egress doorways- size of doors- storage closets
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4- Means of egress doorways- door hardware

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Barbara Monopoli v. Town of Sudbury and Ken Surrette pdf format of    barbara_monopoli_v._town_of_sudbury_and_ken_surret  (61kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether the Board should order the Town of Sudbury Building Commissioner to require that a structural engineer address the existing structural issues concerning a dormer constructed above a condominium.

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Mary Niles, James West, Stanley Goldstein and Hilda Hammill v. Town of Concord and John R. Minty pdf format of    mary_niles,_james_west,_stanley_goldstein_and_hild  (83kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1014.3 to allow for a decreased egress stair width.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.3- Stairways- width
  • 521 C.M.R.- Architectural Access Board

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Maury I. Wolfe v. Department of Public Safety and William Robbins pdf format of    maury_i._wolfe_v._department_of_public_safety_and_  (74kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellants should be granted several variances based upon the alternate protection system established by the Massachusetts State Police.
  • 780 C.M.R. 302.1.1- Use or occupancy- classification- specific occupancy areas
  • 780 C.M.R. 302.1.2- Use or occupancy- classification- accessory areas
  • 780 C.M.R. 302.2- Use or occupancy- classification- mixed use
  • 780 C.M.R. 304.0- Use or occupancy- Business Use Group
  • 780 C.M.R. 304.2- Use or occupancy- Business Use Group- list of business occupancies
  • 780 C.M.R. 308.4- Use or occupancy- Institutional Use Groups- Use Group I-3
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.1- Use or occupancy- Residential Use Groups- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 310.3- Use or occupancy- Residential Use Group- Use Group R-1 structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.0- General building limitations- general height and area limitations
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.0- Fire protection systems- fire suppression systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 918.4.6- Fire protection systems- when automatic fire detection systems are required- Use Group R-1
  • 780 C.M.R. 919.3.1- Fire protection systems- single and multiple-station smoke detectors- where required- Use Group R-1
  • 780 C.M.R. 918.4.5- Fire protection systems- when automatic fire detection systems are required- Use Group I-3

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Andrew Beder, BKA Architects, Inc. v. Town of Nantucket pdf format of    andrew_bedar,_bka_architects,_inc._v._town_of_nant  (90kb)

January 22, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 705.3, 707.1, 3202.1, 3400.3(6) and 3400.3(8) to allow for the elimination of a Party Wall/ Fire Wall requirement along the interior lot line of two commonly owned lots.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 707.1- Fire resistant materials and construction- scope- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 3202.1- Construction in the public right-of-way- street encroachments- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3(6)- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- scope- applicability of assembly use groups
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3(8)- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- scope- residential use groups

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Shawn McCormack v. Town of Sutton and John Couture pdf format of    shawn_mccormack_v._town_of_sutton_and_john_couture  (59kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 (Exception 3) in order to lower the height of the ceiling of a finished basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 (Exception 3)- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height- exception for obstructions

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Thomas Galvin v. Town of Andover and Christopher Clemente pdf format of    thomas_galvin_v._town_of_andover_and_christopher_c  (64kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be a variance from780 C.M.R. 1014.6.4 to allow a spiral staircase to serve as a second means of egress.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6.4- Means of egress- stairways- treads and risers

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Norton Remmer v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    norton_remmer_v._city_of_boston_and_william_good.p  (54kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1015.3 to allow reduced travel distance in a vestibule.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1015.3- Means of egress- smoke proof enclosures- access

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Eric Cote v. Chenier Durand and City of Cambridge pdf format of    eric_cote_v._chenier_durand_and_city_of_cambridge.  (89kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 403.11, 406.1.2, 705.2, 705.3, 707.1, 708.2, 1015.2 and 2801.2.2.4.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.11- High-rise buildings- smoke-proof enclosures
  • 780 C.M.R. 406.1.2- Open parking structures- general- separation
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.2- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- fire resistance ratings
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 707.1- Fire resistant materials and construction- scope- general
  • 780 C.M.R. 708.2- Fire resistant materials and construction- firewall openings- size of opening
  • 780 C.M.R. 1015.2- Means of egress- smokeproof enclosures- where required
  • 780 C.M.R. 2801.2.2.4- Mechanical systems- mechanical code- location of air intakes and outlets- exhaust outlets and property lines

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Caruso Amerigo v. City of Waltham and Brian Bower pdf format of    caruso_amerigo_v._city_of_waltham_and_brian_bower.  (53kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 for the minimum ceiling height of a basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height and exceptions

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Frank Riepe v. Town of Framingham and Mark Hughes pdf format of    frank_riepe_v._town_of_framingham_and_mark_hughes.  (61kb)

January 18. 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.10.1 which requires that Appellant install a remote second means of egress.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.10.1- Means of egress

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David Norton v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    david_norton_v._city_of_boston_and_william_good.pd  (58kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 403.2 to allow the Appellant the right to install a gaseous type of fire suppression system under raised floor spaces.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- High-rise buildings- sprinkler system

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Erskine Chaffin v. City of Springfield and Steven T. Desilets pdf format of    erskine_chaffin_v._city_of_springfiled_and_steven_  (64kb)

January 18, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 904.7, 918 and 3404.12.3 from the requirement of installation of a Fire Suppression System.
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.7- Fire protection systems- Fire Suppression Systems- Use Group R-2
  • 780 C.M.R. 918- Automatic fire detection systems (fire alarm systems)
  • 780 C.M.R. 3404.12.3- Repair, alteration, addition and change of use of existing buildings- requirements for continuation of the same use group or change to a use group resulting in change in hazard index of one or less- when fire protection systems are required in existing buildings substantially altered or substantially renovated

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Jack Radetsky v. Town of Sunderland and Sharon L. White pdf format of    jack_radetsky_v._town_of_sunderland_and_sharon_l._  (65kb)

January 11, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from105 C.M.R. 410.480(c) for a structure in a rural area.
  • 105 C.M.R. 410.480(c)- Department of Public Health- minimum standard of fitness for human habitation- locks

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Shawn McCormack v. Town of Northfield and James Hawkins pdf format of    shawn_mccormack_v._town_of_northfield_and_james_ha  (56kb)

January 11, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1 to lower the ceiling height requirement of a finished room in a residence.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.8.1- Ceiling height requirements- minimum ceiling height

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Leonor Jimenez v. City of Lawrence and Gregory S. Arvanitis pdf format of    leonor_jimenez_v._city_of_lawrence_and_gregory_s._  (59kb)

January 11, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1204.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1- Interior environment- room dimensions- ceiling heights

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Louise Burgin v. Town of Dedham and Kenneth R. Cimeno pdf format of    louise_burgin_v._town_of_dedham_and_kenneth_r._cin  (58kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from the provisions of 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.2 and 3603.2.1 for a school.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.2- Fire resistance rating of exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1- Fire resistance rating of exterior walls- exterior walls

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J. Kirk Trombley, Esq. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Robert Anderson pdf format of    j_kirk_trombley,_esq._v_commonwealth_of_massachuse  (198kb)

December 6, 2007

  • Issue: Whether the building is unsafe and dangerous, and irreparably damaged as defined by 780 C.M.R. R3.
  • 780 C.M.R. R3- Manufactured buildings, building components, mobile homes
  • 780 C.M.R. R3.4.3.2- Manufactured buildings, building components, mobile homes, inspection by the state enforcement agencies or their agents, inspection of irreparably damaged components

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PRZ Realty Trust, John R. Rivers, Trustee v. City of Malden pdf format of    p_r_z_realty_trust,_john_r._rivers,_trustee_v_city  (168kb)

November 5, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 116.0, 116.2, 116.2.2, 116.2.2.2, 116.2.2.3, 116.3, 116.5, 110.0, 110.12 and 1705.0, which generally require the submission of certain documentation to municipal building officials prior to commencing construction.
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.0- Registered architectural and professional engineering service- construction control
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.2- Registered architectural engineering services
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.2.2- Registered architectural engineering services- architect/engineer responsibilities during construction
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.2.2.2- Registered architectural engineering services- architect/engineer responsibilities during construction- must review and approval of the quality control procedures for all code-required controlled materials
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.2.2.3- Registered architectural engineering services- architect/engineer responsibilities during construction- must be present at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to become, generally familiar with the progress and quality of the work and to determine, in general, if the work is being performed in a manner consistent with the construction documents.
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.2.3- Registered architectural engineering services- structural tests and inspections
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.3- Construction contractor services
  • 780 C.M.R. 116.5- Building official responsibility
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.0- Application for permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 110.12- Application for permit- structures subject to control
  • 780 C.M.R. 1705.0- Requirements for structural tests and inspections

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Erkskine E. Chaffin v. City of Springfield pdf format of    erskine_e._chaffin_v_city_of_springfield.pdf  (118kb)

October 23, 2007

  • Issue: Whether the Board has the authority/jurisdiction to hear case regarding a demolition order.
  • G.L. 143, §10- Inspection of buildings- remedy of a person ordered to remove a dangerous structure or make it safe
  • G.L. 143, §9- Inspection of buildings- dangerous or abandoned structures removed or made safe by local inspector; costs; penalty; use of structure
  • G.L. 139, §2- Burnt or dangerous buildings- appeal to the superior court; trial by jury; costs
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.0- Unsafe structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 121.6- Unsafe structures- remedy of person ordered to remove a dangerous structure or make it safe

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A. Vernon Woodworth v. Rockport, MA and Paul Orlando pdf format of    a._vernon_woodworth_v_rockport,_ma_and_paul_orland  (86kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1006.2.4.3, 605.1, 705.3, 3107.0 and 1017.2.3 and M-308.1 of the National Mechanical Code.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1006.2.4.3- Types and location of means of egress- construction of foyers and waiting spaces
  • 780 C.M.R. 605.1- General construction
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R 3107.0- Flood-resistant construction
  • 780 C.M.R 1017.2.3- Number of doorways- door arrangement

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David Morgan v. Town of Westborough, Donald Moquin pdf format of    david_morgan_v_town_of_westborough,_donald_moquin.  (81kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.12.1- Landings- general

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Kevin Hastings v. City of Boston, Tom O'Donnell pdf format of    kevin_hastings_v_city_of_boston,_tom_o'donnell.pdf  (96kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 403.2, 904.2, and 906.2.1 and G.L. 148, §26A.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- High-rise buildings- sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2- Fire suppression systems- groups to use in buildings of 12,000 sf or greater in aggregate floor area
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- Fire sprinkler systems- equipped throughout- NFiPA 13R systems
  • G.L. 148, §26A- Automatic sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings; enforcement; appeals

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Jeremy Mason v. Town of Dedham and Ken Cinemo pdf format of    jeremy_mason_v_town_of_dedham_and_ken_cinemo_05-45  (115kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 505.3 and 505.4 for a mezzanine.
  • 780 C.M.R. 505.3- Building limitations- mezzanines- egress
  • 780 C.M.R. 505.4- Building limitations- mezzanines- openness

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Jeremy Mason v. Town of Dedham and Ken Cinemo pdf format of    jeremy_mason_v_town_of_dedham_and_ken_cinemo_05-45  (92kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 406.4 and Table 503 for the mixed-use arrangement intended for a structure with Mercantile on the ground floor and open parking levels above.
  • 780 C.M.R. 406.4- Open parking structures- heights and areas
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 503- Height and area limitations of buildings

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David Perry v. City of Boston and John Walsh pdf format of    david_perry_v_city_of_boston_and_john_walsh.pdf  (98kb)

October 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 113.3 and 115.2 pertaining to a Stop Work Order issued by the city.
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.3- Conditions of permit- compliance with permit
  • 780 C.M.R. 115.2- Required inspections

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Debra and Timothy Burke v. City of Boston pdf format of    debra_and_timothy_burke_v_city_of_boston.pdf  (130kb)

September 28, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellants should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1 and 3603.3.2 in regards to installing vinyl siding on walls that lie within three feet of a property line.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.1- Fire resistance rating of exterior walls- exterior walls
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.3.2- Fire resistance of exterior walls- openings

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A. Vernon Woodworth, R.W. Sullivan, Inc. v. David C. Holmes, State Building Inspector

February 2, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 1014.7, 1016.5 and 1021.3 for a new grand stand and press box at an athletic facility.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.7- Means of egress- stairways- stairway guards and handrails
  • 780 C.M.R. 1016.5- Means of egress- ramps- guards and handrails
  • 780 C.M.R. 1021.3- Means of egress- guards- opening limitations

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William Hammer, HKT Architects, Inc. v. David C. Holmes, State Building Inspector pdf format of    william_hammer,_hkt_architects,_inc._v._david_c._h  (70kb)

January 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1016.5
  • 780 C.M.R. 1016.5- Means of egress- ramps- guards and handrails

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William pdf format of    william_hammer,_hkt_architects,_inc._v._david_c._h    Hammer, HKT Architects, Inc. v. David C. Holmes, State Building Inspector pdf format of    william_hammer,_hkt_architects,_inc._v._david_c._h  (70kb)

January 26, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 1014.7 and 1016.5 for the renovation of a dining hall.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.7- Means of egress- stairways- stairway guards and handrails
  • 780 C.M.R. 1016.5- Means of egress- ramps- guards and handrails

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Peter Harrod, P.E., Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. v. Boston Inspectional Services Department pdf format of    peter_harrod,_p.e.,_rolf_jensen_&_associates,_inc.  (89kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 403.2 and 915.2 for a high-rise building and one-story arcade associated with retail space.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- Special use and occupancy- high-rise buildings- sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 915.2- Fire protection systems- fire department connections- connections
  • G.L. 148, §26A- Automatic sprinklers in high-rise buildings; enforcement; appeals
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- Fire protection systems- fire sprinkler systems-equipped throughout- exception for NFiPA 13 systems

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Douglas Anderson v. City of Quincy and Joseph Prondak pdf format of    doug_anderson_,_r.w._sullivan,_inc._v._richard_osb  (112kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1.2 allowing a corporation to use its standard sign in lieu of the code required signage.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1017.4.1.2- Means of egress doorways- door hardware- special locking arrangements

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Patrick A. Stevens v. Town of Reading and C. Glen Redmond pdf format of    patrick_a._stevens_v._town_of_reading_and_c._glen_  (68kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.2, 3603.14.2.1, 3603.14.2.2 and 114.0 for a sunroom at a residence.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.2- Guardrails
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.2.1- Guardrails- details
  • 780 C.M.R. 3603.14.2.2- Guardrail opening limitations
  • 780 C.M.R. 114.0- Administration- fees

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Kevin Hastings v. Chenier Durand and City of Cambridge pdf format of    kevin_hastings_v._chenier_durand_and_city_of_cambr  (76kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R.403.2, 904.2 and 906.2.1 for the omission of suppression in a transformer vault.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- Special use and occupancy- high-rise buildings- sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 904.2- Fire protection systems- fire suppression systems- Use Groups A-1, A-3, A-4, B, E, M, S-1, F-1
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- Fire protection systems- fire sprinkler systems- equipped throughout

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Steven Januskis v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    steven_januskis_v._city_of_boston_and_william_good  (54kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1307.2 to allow one single meter for the proposed dwelling.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1307.2- Energy conservation- electric power distribution- electrical metering

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James V. Castellano v. David Harris and Town of Danvers pdf format of    james_v._castellano_v._david_harris_and_town_of_da  (63kb)

January 8, 2007

  • Issue: Whether The Board should lift a stop work order for the construction of a three unit townhouse.

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Maugel Architects, Inc. v. James Kelly and Town of Sudbury pdf format of    maugel_architects_inc._v._james_kelly_and_town_of_  (54kb)

January 5, 2007

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1021.2 concerning the height of an egress stairway guardrail.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1021.2- Means of egress- guards- height

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Decisions 2006

John R. Rivers v. City of Malden and Paul Johnson pdf format of    john_r._rivers_v._city_of_malden_and_paul_johnson.  (54kb)

December 7, 2006

  • Issue: Whether the Board should reverse a stop work order that was issued as a result of violations of 780 C.M.R. 113.4, 3604.1.2, and 3604.3.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.4- Conditions of permit- compliance with site plan
  • 780 C.M.R. 3604.1.2- Foundations- general requirements
  • 780 C.M.R. 3604.3.1- Footings- general

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James Shannon v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    james_shannon_v._city_of_boston_and_william_good.p  (93kb)

December 4, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1 for a historical school.
  • 780 C.M.R. 903.2.1- Fire protection systems approval/acceptance- authority- alternative fire protection design methodologies- independent engineering review

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William Grieco v. Town of Braintree and Darrin McAuliffe pdf format of    william_grieco_v._town_of_braintree_and_darrin_mca  (102kb)

December 1, 2006

  • Issue: Whether the Board should interpret 780 C.M.R. 3102.12.4 as applying to a suspended Christmas display.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3102.12.4- Special construction- temporary signs- special permits

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Robert Franklin v. Town of Brookline and James Nickerson pdf format of    robert_franklin_v._town_of_brookline_and_james_nic  (97kb)

November 30, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 108.3.5.1 and 113.3.
  • 780 C.M.R. 108.3.5.1- Rules and regulations- licensing construction supervisors- who must be licensed
  • 780 C.M.R. 113.3- Conditions of permit- compliance with permit

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Patrick Kamins v. Town of Sunderland and Sharon White pdf format of    patrick_kamins_v._town_of_sunderland_and_sharon_wh  (88kb)

November 28, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 105 C.M.R. 410.480(c) for an apartment building.
  • 105 C.M.R. 410.480(c)- Minimum standards of fitness for human habitation- locks- main entry

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Walter McLaughlin, Jr. v. Town of Brewster and Victor Staley pdf format of    walter_mclaughlin,_jr._v._town_of_brewster_and_vic  (79kb)

November 28, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 111.8.
  • 780 C.M.R. 111.8- Permits- expiration of permit

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Robert Carasitti v. Town of Canton and Edward Walsh pdf format of    robert_carasitti_v._town_of_canton_and_edward_wals  (74kb)

November 28, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 705.4 for an existing finished basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.4- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- vertical separation of openings

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Shawn McCormack v. City of Leominster and William Charpentier pdf format of    shawn_mccormack_v._city_of_leominster_and_william_  (77kb)

November 22, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1204.1 for an existing finished basement.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1204.1- Interior environment- room dimensions- ceiling height

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Robert Carasitti v. Town of Burlington and John Clancy pdf format of    robert_carasitti_v._town_of_burlington_and_john_cl  (71kb)

November 22, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 402.12 for an addition to a mall.
  • 780 C.M.R. 402.12- Special use and occupancy- covered mall buildings- smoke control

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Paul Maduri v. Town of Milton and Steven Crawford pdf format of    paul_maduri_v._town_of_milton_and_steven_crawford.  (65kb)

November 22, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 3400.3 to renovate an existing basement locker room and construct an addition to a fitness center.
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3- Repair, alteration, addition and change in use of existing buildings- scope- applicability

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Peter Bryson v. Town of Northbridge and James Sheehan, Jr. pdf format of    peter_bryson_v._town_of_northbridge_and_james_shee  (71kb)

November 21, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. Table 503 and 3400.3(4).
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 503- General building limitations- height and area limitations of buildings
  • 780 C.M.R. 3400.3(4)- Repair, alteration, addition and change in use of existing buildings- scope- applicability- additions

Vernon Woodworth v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    vernon_woodworth_v._city_of_boston_and_william_goo  (134kb)

November 17, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 705.3, 1010.2, 503.1 and 713.1.
  • 780 C.M.R. 705.3- Fire resistant materials and construction- exterior walls- openings
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Means of egress- minimum number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. 503.1- General building limitations- general height and area limitations
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.1- Fire resistant materials and construction- floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- general

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Jacqueline Voss v. Town of Ipswich and James Sperber pdf format of    jacqueline_voss_v._town_of_ipswich_and_james_sperb  (109kb)

November 9, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed variances from 780 C.M.R. 120.1 and 1014.6.
  • 780 C.M.R. 120.1- Certificate of occupancy- general: new buildings and structures
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6- Means of egress- stairways- treads and risers

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Patrick Kriksceonaitis v. Town of Manchester and Paul Orlando pdf format of    patrick_kriksceonaitis_v._town_of_manchester_and_p  (66kb)

November 8, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1021.2 to lower a railing on a viewing stand for tennis courts.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1021.2- Means of egress- guards- height

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David Eisen v. City of Medford and Donald Belanger pdf format of    david_eisen_v._city_of_medford_and_donald_belanger  (82kb)

November 8, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1022 for a 100 year old school being converted into condominium units.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1022- Means of egress- handrails

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Paul Sullivan v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    paul_sullivan_v._city_of_boston_and_william_good.p  (104kb)

October 25, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 917.9.
  • 780 C.M.R. 917.9- Fire protection signaling systems- voice/alarm signaling system

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James Jensen v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    james_jensen_v._city_of_boston_and_william_good.pd  (93kb)

October 23, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1010.2 to renovate an area of an opera house into office space.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.2- Means of egress- minimum number of exits
  • 780 C.M.R. Table 1017.2- Means of egress doorways- spaces with one means of egress
  • 780 C.M.R. 1011.2.1- Means of egress- exit access passageways and corridors- dead ends- common path of travel

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Daniel Lewis v. Town of Millbury and Ronald DeSantis pdf format of    daniel_lewis_v._town_of_millbury_and_ronald_desant  (230kb)

October 12, 2006

  • Issue: How the Board should review an inspector's failure to react when he refused to issue a certificate of occupancy for a residence and his failure to sign the building permit for a retaining wall.

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Douglas Anderson v. City of Worcester and David Holden pdf format of    douglas_anderson_v._city_of_worcester_and_david_ho  (173kb)

September 29, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 1014.6 and 1014.3 for property previously used as a warehouse that is currently in development to become residential lofts.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1014.6- Means of egress- stairways- treads and risers
  • 780 C.M.R 1014.3- Means of egress- stairways- width

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John McArdle III v. Town of Andover and Kaija Gilmore pdf format of    john_mcardle_III_v._town_of_andover_and_kaija_gilm  (101kb)

September 26, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 1010.3 for a two story building with Business and Mercantile uses.
  • 780 C.M.R. 1010.3- Means of egress- number of exits- buildings with one exit

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Eric H. Cote v. City of Cambridge and Michael Grover pdf format of    eric_h._cote_v._city_of_cambridge_and_michael_grov  (126kb)

September 25, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be granted variances from 780 C.M.R. 403.2 and 906.2 which will allow Appellant to exclude fire sprinklers from within an Nstar transformer vault on the subject property.
  • 780 C.M.R. 403.2- Special use and occupancy- high-rise buildings- sprinkler system
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2- Fire protection systems- fire sprinkler system- equipped throughout

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James G. DiPaoli v. City of Boston and William Good pdf format of    james_g._dipaoli_v._city_of_boston_and_william_goo  (110kb)

September 25, 2006

  • Issue: Whether Appellant should be allowed a variance from 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1 which requires a sprinkler system to be installed in accordance with NFPA 13.
  • 780 C.M.R. 906.2.1- Fire protection systems- fire sprinkler system- equipped throughout- exception for NFiPA 13 systems
  • 780 C.M.R. 713.3 (Exception 5)- Fire resistant materials and construction- floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies- floor opening enclosure- atrium exception