Rockland’s code enforcement officer has ruled that a proposed expansion of the Bartlett House does not meet the city’s zoning ordinances.

Code Officer John Root Jr. issued his opinion May 7 after consultation with city attorney Kevin Beal.

“I have concluded that a three-story addition and/or an addition that exceeds 35 feet in height is not permitted in a Residential B zone,” Root said. “Any new structure or addition to an existing structure in Residential B in which the Bartlett House is located must abide by the maximum height limits of 35 feet and 21-2 stories.”

The Bartlett House has the right to appeal the code officer’s ruling to the Rockland Zoning Board of Appeals within 30 days of the May notice.

Bartlett Woods filed an application with the city for an additional 24 residential units in the Bartlett House. The existing three-story Bartlett House has 34 units and opened in 1998.

The project went before the Rockland Planning Board May 4. The board had asked for more information on the issue of the height limit and the division of the property years earlier.

Residents of the Bartlett House have hired an attorney to oppose the expansion, saying it would disrupt their quality of life. The organization said the expansion would serve more of the elderly residents in the area.

Architect John Morris, who filed the application for Bartlett Woods, was not available May 11 to comment on the code officer’s ruling.