The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is an independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters related to the zoning ordinances. Board members are appointed by the Mayor and are confirmed by the Common Council. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body. The Board is required to follow procedures set forth by the City and State, and to evaluate the facts in each case. BOZA hears approximately 700 appeals over the course of 12 hearings each year.