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​Trade Boards of Appeal

There are 3 trade Boards of Appeal in the City of Topeka; Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical. Each Board consists of 2 masters in the trade, two journeymen in the trade and a practicing engineer. These Boards have been empowered by the City Council to permit exceptions, variances, or waivers of specific sections of their respective Codes on a case by case basis.

Note: An exception, variance or waiver shall not be granted except in those situations that will not endanger life or limb, health, property, or public welfare.

Applications shall be accompanied by a full written explanation of the rationale and reasoning for the request.


Information to Accompany the Application

  • A detailed plan or drawing.
  • A written explanation of why the Code cannot or should not be enforced.
  • A written explanation of what you propose as an alternate that would meet the intent of the Code.

At this time, there is no cost associated with this appeal.

Applications must be turned in at least 2  weeks prior to the hearing date to:

Development Services Division
620 SE Madison Unit 6
Phone (785) 368-3905
We are located on the 3rd Floor.

Download Appeals Form​.

Note: If you miss the deadline, the Chairperson of the Board may add your appeal to the agenda if the circumstances warrant.


Meetings are held at 620 SE Madison, 3rd Floor

A Schedule of meetings are as follows:

  • Electrical: 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Mechanical: 1st Wednesday of each month
  • Plumbing: 3rd Wednesday of each month​

Trade Board of Appeals Rosters


Licensing & Inspections

Phone: 785-368-3905


Phone: 785-368-3704​

Richard Faulkner

Director ​Development Services
620 SE Madison
Topeka, KS 66607
Fax: 785-368-3915 ​

Dave Lundry

Field Service Manager (Inspections)
620 SE Madison
Topeka, KS 66607
Fax: 785-368-3915


Fran Hug

Architect, Special Projects Manager (Permits)
620 SE Madison
Topeka, KS 66607
Fax: 785-368-1650 ​​