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

Last Updated: 2015-06-12

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, 2015 November 14, 2014 November 24, 2014 December 1, 2014
February 4, 2015 December 12, 2014 December 29 2014 January 5, 2014
January 7, 2015 November 14, 2014 November 24, 2014 December 1, 2014
March 4, 2015 January 16, 2015 January 26, 2015 February 2, 2015
April 1, 2015 February 13, 2015 February 23, 2015 March 2, 2015
May 6, 2015 March 13, 2015 March 23, 2015 March 30, 2015
June 3, 2015 April 17, 2015 April 27, 2015 May 4, 2015
July 1, 2015 May 15, 2015 **May 26, 2015 June 1, 2015
August 5, 2015 June 12, 2015 June 22, 2015 June 29, 2015
September 2, 2015 July 17, 2015 July 27, 2015 August 3, 2015
October 7, 2015 August 14, 2015 August 24, 2015 August 31, 2015
November 4, 2015 September 18, 2015 September 28, 2015 October 5, 2015
December 2, 2015 October 16, 2015 October 26, 2015 November 2, 2015
January 7, 2016 November 13, 2015 November 23, 2015 November 30, 2015
February 4, 2016 December 11, 2015 December 21, 2015 January 4, 2016
March 4, 2016 January 15, 2016 January 25, 2016 February 1, 2016


BZA Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month and begin promptly at 1:00 PM.
    ** [NOTE: The May 2015 staff review meeting is scheduled for the last Tuesday of the month due to
        the Memorial Day holiday.]

Applications shall be processed once the application form (Certificate of Occupancy/Zoning Compliance, building permit, sign permit, etc.) as well as the required plans (survey/site plan, floor plan(s) & elevation drawing(s)), the signed instruction pamphlet, the 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
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       February
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         March
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          April
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           May
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          June
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          July
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          August
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       September
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       October
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       November
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       December
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2014
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       February
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         March
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           May
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          June
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          July
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       September
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       October
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       November
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       December
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2015
       January
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         March
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          April
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           May
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          June
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          July
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          August
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       September
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       October
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       November
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       December
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Minutes of past BZA meetings are available electronically or in hard copy by contacting the secretary of the BZA,
Roy Benbow at (804)240-2124 or the Zoning Administration Office at 646-6340 or 646-6701 or via our
E-mail
.

BZA Presentation Handout

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)240-2124
Fax: (804)646-5789

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