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The 2020 FBOA/OBOA Joint Conference scheduled for Nov 1-3, 2020 in Fairlawn has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 health concerns, social distancing requirements and travel restrictions.  


OBOA Members and Associates

Joint Conference cancellation was a tough decision for the OBOA board since the FBOA Conference Committee had put so much time and effort preparing for the conference prior to the pandemic outbreak in March.  However, protecting members and their families with a higher risk factor due to advanced age or underlying health conditions is our greatest concern.   Some registrants and presenters have also been prohibited from attending due to strict travel restrictions and/or budget constraints through the end of this year.  Options for a virtual or hybrid conference were determined to be infeasible with our current resources.  

ClubExpress will generate an automatic credit for all paid registration or sponsor fees, these credits can be used for renewed membership dues, future event registration or sponsorship fees.  We will also gladly accept any portion of your payment to help cover losses due to this pandemic.  If you request a full refund, a check will be mailed directly to the payee.   We ask each registrant and sponsor to please complete a settlement form that will be emailed to all as soon as possible.  
Please remember to cancel any associated hotel reservations you may have made for this event. 
OBOA/FBOA will apply for federal, state and local relief grants or loans to offset the significant loss of revenue due to event cancellation fees, expenses and transaction fees.   Our next joint conference is planned for Fall 2021 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio. 


Since the Annual Meeting cannot be held in person this year, OBOA will host a virtual Membership Meeting on Friday November 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM on WebEx.   Event registration details will be posted this week, I ask all members who are able, to please attend this meeting online.   OBOA has important business to conduct including Officer and Director Elections, Voting on Proposed By-Law Changes, a Code Change proposal for an optional BBS Certified Permit Technician Certification, as well as announcement of Annual Scholarship and Award recipients.

Finally, I would like to thank the joint conference committee, officers and board members for their hard work and dedication throughout this difficult year.  I apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused you and ask for your patience as our volunteers work through the settlement process.

Nicholas L Montan, OBOA President

Ohio Building Officials Association

OBOA is a professional association founded in 1961 to promote Life Safety through building codes with improved responsiveness and consistency in enforcement.  Members include over 1,000 Certified Building Code Professionals, Design Professionals and Building Trade Representatives.  OBOA supported the creation of the International Code Council (ICC), in fact the first ICC President was an OBOA member. OBOA was the driving force that created the first ICC regional chapter, Region V. OBOA members continue to be involved with the Code Hearing and Adoption process.

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Bride Rose Sweeney


Contact: Riley A. Alton, Legislative Aide to Rep. Sweeney (614) 466-3350


Rep. Sweeney introduces bill to protect commonsense building, fire codes

Legislation would protect Ohioans from harmful cuts to safety regulations

COLUMBUS — Responding to concerns from building and fire officials, Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced House Bill 517 to exempt building and fire codes from newly implemented rule reduction requirements, which prohibit the adoption of a new administrative rule without simultaneously removing two other rules.

“Strong building and fire codes preserve public safety while safeguarding our economy,” said Rep. Sweeney. “While cutting red tape is important, the new two-for-one method puts individuals and businesses at risk with arbitrary and haphazard reductions. There are better, data-driven ways to strengthen Ohio’s economy without slashing safety regulations.”

Building and fire codes have been drafted and implemented by industry professionals over several decades, evolving in response to specific incidents and safety concerns over time. GOP efforts to reduce state regulations have been met with resistance from public safety advocates, who say that unnecessarily loosening regulations would make Ohioans less safe.

“The State of Ohio adopts building and fire codes into the administrative rules only for consistency and the ease of use of those following them,” said Tom Vanover, Chief Building Official for the City of Cleveland. “The OBC and OFC have been developed over centuries by experts and professionals as a complete body of requirements that are paramount for the safety of our citizens. Any uninformed reductions to these rules can only result in an incomplete, inconsistent and dangerous body of codes.”

This legislation is supported by both the Ohio Building Officials Association and the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. If enacted, the bill would ensure that local safety codes do not conflict with national guidelines as a result of administrative consolidation efforts at the state level. It would also ensure consistency in codes across Ohio by adding building and fire codes to the list of exceptions already written into rule reduction requirements.

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