There is hereby established in the department of commerce a board of building standards consisting of fifteen members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The board shall appoint a secretary who shall serve in the unclassified civil service for a term of six years at a salary fixed pursuant to Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. The board may employ additional staff in the classified civil service. The secretary may be removed by the board under the rules the board adopts. Terms of office shall be for four years, commencing on the fourteenth day of October and ending on the thirteenth day of October. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. One of the members appointed to the board shall be an attorney at law, admitted to the bar of this state; two shall be registered architects; two shall be professional engineers, one in the field of mechanical and one in the field of structural engineering, each of whom shall be duly licensed to practice such profession in this state; one shall be a person of recognized ability, broad training, and fifteen years experience in problems and practice incidental to the construction and equipment of buildings specified in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code; one shall be a person with recognized ability and experience in the manufacture and construction of industrialized units as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code; one shall be a member of the fire service with recognized ability and broad training in the field of fire protection and suppression; one shall be a person with at least ten years of experience and recognized expertise in building codes and standards and the manufacture of construction materials; one shall be a general contractor with experience in residential and commercial construction; two, chosen from a list of ten names the Ohio home builders association submits to the governor, shall be general contractors who have recognized ability in the construction of residential buildings; one shall be a person with recognized ability and experience in the use of advanced and renewable energy in the construction of commercial and residential buildings; one shall be a person with recognized ability and experience in the use of energy conservation in the construction of commercial and residential buildings; and one, chosen from a list of three names the Ohio municipal league submits to the governor, shall be the mayor of a municipal corporation in which the Ohio residential and nonresidential building codes are being enforced in the municipal corporation by a certified building department. Each member of the board, not otherwise required to take an oath of office, shall take the oath prescribed by the constitution. Each member shall receive as compensation an amount fixed pursuant to division (J) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, and shall receive actual and necessary expenses in the performance of official duties. The amount of such expenses shall be certified by the secretary of the board and paid in the same manner as the expenses of employees of the department of commerce are paid.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 03-30-1999; 09-29-200.
Note: The amendment to this section by 129th General AssemblyFile No.10, SB 5, §1 was rejected by voters in the November, 2011 election.