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  Board of Zoning Appeals Information  

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is responsible for deciding appeals and granting variances relative to the enforcement of the zoning regulations. The functions of the board are listed below:

  • To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To authorize upon appeal, in specific cases, variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance where, owing to special conditions, literal enforcement of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance will result in an unnecessary hardship. Variances can be granted that uphold the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance when the Appeals Board finds:
    • There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property in question because of its size, shape, or topography;
    • The application of the Zoning Ordinance to this particular piece of property would create an unnecessary hardship;
    • Such conditions are peculiar to the property involved; and
    • Relief, if granted, would not cause substantial detriment to the public.


The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor of Columbus and the Columbus City Council. The current board members are:

  • Ed Adams III
  • Ray Brinegar, III
  • Ann Davis
  • Barbara Fortson
  • Tom Moore
    • Fred Cobb - Secretary
    • Marsha Thomas - Recording Secretary
Board of Zoning Appeals
2015 Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates
Application Deadline Meeting Date Agenda
December 10, 2015 January 7, 2015 post agenda
January 10, 2015 February 4, 2015 agenda
February 10, 2015 March 4, 2015 agenda
March 10, 2015 April 1, 2015 agenda
April 10, 2015 May 6, 2015 agenda
May 10, 2015 June 3, 2015 agenda
June 10, 2015 July 1, 2015 agenda
July 10, 2015 August 5, 2015 agenda
August 10, 2015 September 2, 2015 agenda
September 10, 2015 October 7, 2015 agenda
October 10, 2015 November 4, 2015 agenda
November 10, 2015 December 2, 2015 agenda

Established December 2002 - Revised: February 16, 2015