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

Last Updated: 2018-12-05

The City of Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals, frequently referred to as the BZA, was established pursuant to the provisions of Article 7, Chapter 22, Title 15.2, of the Code of Virginia. The BZA's powers, duties, and procedures are set forth in broad terms in the City Charter, and are further detailed in the City of Richmond Zoning Ordinance. The Board of Zoning Appeals 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.

Click here to view the BZA Rules of Procedure.

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.

Filing Requirements & Meeting Documentation

It is required to meet and discuss any variance, special exception or appeals request with the Zoning Administration Staff prior to formally completing and submitting the Board of Zoning Appeals application.

Please contact the Zoning Administration Office at (804)646-6340 or E-mail or visit Room 110 of City Hall.

    Variance/Special Exception Application Form

    Appeals Application Form

    Presentation Suggestions

    Document Requirements

    Submittal Checklist

Meeting Schedule

BZA Meetings are held in the 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall.

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* Meeting & Filing Schedule *
    BZA Meeting                       Filing Deadline
    Zoning Office                  
  January 2, 2019 November 16, 2018 November 26, 2018
  February 6, 2019 December 14, 2018 December 21, 2018*
  March 6, 2019 January 18, 2019 January 28, 2019
  April 3, 2019 February 15, 2019 February 25, 2019
  May 1, 2019 March 15, 2019 March 25, 2019
  June 5, 2019 April 12, 2019 April 22, 2019
  July 3, 2019 May 17, 2019 May 28, 2019*
  August 7, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 24, 2019
  September 4, 2019 July 19, 2019 July 29, 2019
  October 2, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 29, 2019
  November 6, 2019 September 13, 2019 September 23, 2019
  December 4, 2019 October 18, 2019 October 28, 2019
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  January 2, 2020** November 15, 2019 November 25, 2019
  February 5, 2020 December 13, 2019 December 23, 2019
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  BZA Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month and begin promptly at 1:00 PM.
  ** NOTE: The January 2020 BZA meeting date is amended due to the January 1st holiday.

  Applications shall be processed for docketing with the Board once the following are submitted:
  • Application form (Certificate of Occupancy/Zoning Compliance, building permit, sign permit, etc.)
  • Required plans (survey/site plan, floor plan(s) and elevation drawing(s)).
  • Signed instruction pamphlet.
  • Other information, as applicable.
  • Required fee.

  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 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 Board of Zoning Appeals Secretary, Roy Benbow (804)240-2124 or E-mail.

Contact Information:

Board of Zoning Appeals
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 110
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)240-2124
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