Richmond VA > Planning and Development Review > Board of Zoning Appeals

Last Updated: 2014-01-07

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) provides a means through which a property owner may seek relief from provisions of the zoning ordinance. The BZA hears and makes decisions regarding requests for variances and special exceptions, such as waivers involving setbacks, height, parking, etc. The BZA also makes decisions regarding appeals to any decision made by the City Zoning Administrator. The BZA is NOT empowered to change the use of a property.

Membership Information

The BZA is comprised of five citizen members and two alternates representing a cross-section of the city, appointed by the Circuit Court to serve a four-year term.

Members of the BZA cannot discuss with an applicant or members of the public any case pending before it nor will Board members consider information submitted directly to them by these parties pertaining to such cases. All written material desired to be considered by the Board should be submitted to the Secretary of the BZA, Room 511 of City Hall, no later than 15 days prior to the public hearing at which the case is to be considered.

Meeting Dates & Filing Schedule

BZA Meeting Filing Deadline Staff Review Filing Deadline
Zoning Office Meeting BZA Secretary
January 7, 2013 November 16, 2012 November 26, 2012 December 3, 2012
February 6, 2013 December 14, 2012 December 21, 2012 December 31, 2012
March 6, 2013 January 18, 2013 January 28, 2013 February 6, 2013
April 3, 2013February 15, 2013February 25, 2013March 4, 2013
May 1, 2013March 15, 2013March 25, 2013April 1, 2013
June 5, 2013April 12, 2013April 22, 2013April 29, 2013
July 3, 2013May 17, 2013May 28, 2013June 3, 2013
August 7, 2013June 14, 2013June 24, 2013July 1, 2013
September 4, 2013July 19, 2013July 29, 2013August 5, 2013
October 2, 2013August 16, 2013August 26, 2013September 3, 2013
November 6, 2013September 13, 2013September 23, 2013September 30, 2013
December 4, 2013October 18, 2013October 28, 2013November 4, 2013
*January 7, 2014November 15, 2013November 25, 2013December 2, 2013
February 5, 2014December 13, 2013December 20, 2013*January 6, 2014
March 5, 2014January 17, 2014January 27, 2014February 3, 2014
April 2, 2014February 14, 2014February 24, 2014March 3, 2014
May 7, 2014March 14, 2014March 24, 2014March 31, 2014
June 4, 2014April 18, 2014April 28, 2014May 5, 2014
July 2, 2014May 16, 2014May 27, 2014June 2, 2014
August 6, 2014June 13, 2014**June 25, 2014June 30, 2014
September 3, 2014July 18, 2014July 28, 2014August 4, 2014
October 1, 2014August 15, 2014August 25, 2014September 1, 2014
November 5, 2014September 12, 2014September 22, 2014September 29, 2014
December 3, 2014October 17, 2014October 27, 2014November 3, 2014
January 7, 2015November 14, 2014November 24, 2014December 1, 2014
February 4, 2015December 12, 2014December 22, 2014January 5, 2015
March 4, 2015January 16, 2015January 26, 2015February 2, 2015


BZA Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month and begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.

NOTE:
* The January 2014 meeting is scheduled for the 2nd TUESDAY of the month (January 7, 2014) due to the New Year’s Day City holiday.
** Revised Staff Review Meeting Date.
 

Applications shall be processed once the application form, required plans (survey/site plan, floor plans & elevation drawings), signed instruction pamphlet, required fee and other information is submitted.

A $175.00 fee is required for any application involving single- or 2-family dwellings.

A $550.00 fee is required for any application involving all other uses.

A $250.00 fee is required to appeal a decision of the Zoning Administrator.

A $750.00 fee is required for any use where a zoning violation resulted from construction not in compliance with the approved plans.


For more information, contact the Secretary of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Current Year Meeting Documents

2013
       January
Docket    Minutes
       February
Docket    Minutes
         March
Docket    Minutes
          April
Docket    Minutes
           May
Docket    Minutes
          June
Docket    Minutes
          July
Docket    Minutes
          August
Docket    Minutes
       September
Docket    Minutes
       October
Docket    Minutes
       November
Docket    Minutes
       December
Docket    Minutes
2014
       January
Docket    Minutes
       February
Docket    Minutes
         March
Docket    Minutes
          April
Docket    Minutes
           May
Docket    Minutes
          June
Docket    Minutes
          July
Docket    Minutes
          August
Docket    Minutes
       September
Docket    Minutes
       October
Docket    Minutes
       November
Docket    Minutes
       December
Docket    Minutes

Minutes of past BZA meetings are available electronically or in hard copy by contacting the secretary of the BZA, Roy Benbow at 646-3409 or the Zoning Administrator, William “Chuck” Davidson at 646-6353.

Contact Information:

Board of Zoning Appeals
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 511
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-3409
Fax: (804)646-5789

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