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Board of Zoning Appeals FAQs

What is the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)?

The BZA is a seven-person board appointed by City Council. This board meets on an as-needed basis to respond to citizen requests for permission to vary from the City Codes and Ordinance. The BZA is also where a citizen can go to appeal a decision made by the Zoning and Codes Administrator.

What can the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) do?

The BZA has the authority to:

  • Affirm or reverse, wholly or in part, a decision of the Zoning and Codes Administrator
  • Grant a variance (with or without conditions) from the City Zoning Ordinance
  • Grant special exception usage subject to applicable criteria

How do I submit to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)?

This volunteer advisory board meets monthly (if a review has been requested) and the deadline for submitting to the BZA is three weeks prior to a scheduled meeting. Click on the appropriate link below for appeals, variances, and special exceptions.

considering requests for variances
appeals of petitioners seeking review of a decision
requests for special exceptions

For a list of meeting dates and deadlines click here.

The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. The current members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are:
Eric Breazel
Ray Brown
Marvin Dixon
Elaine Richardson
Charlie Kernaghan
Jon Silkworth
Mindy Spearman

Appeals to a decision by the BZA are reviewed by Circuit Court.

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