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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.
Applying to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) can be a complex process. The BOZA application materials were developed to meet the legal requirements outlined in State Statutes and City Ordinances.
The Board of Zoning Appeals holds monthly meetings to consider the applications filed. At the meetings, members of City departments and the BOZA staff will provide Board members with additional, relevent information.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is supported by an administrative staff that accepts, processes and prepares all zoning appeal applications and supporting documentation for monthly hearings. The Board office is staffed during regular city business hours and is available to help with any questions related to zoning appeals.
If the Board grants a zoning appeal, the process is not complete until all necessary permits have been issued. The Board of Zoning Appeals works closely with various City departments including the Department of Neighborhood Services, City Development and Publics Works. Follow these links for additional information about zoning and city services.
March 12, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
City Hall, room 301-B
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