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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
  • Ann Davis
  • Terry Fields
  • Barbara Fortson
  • Ty Harrison
    • Fred Cobb - Secretary
    • Marsha Thomas - Recording Secretary
Board of Zoning Appeals
2016 Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates
Application Deadline Meeting Date Agenda
December 10, 2015 January 6, 2016 agenda
January 10, 2016 February 3, 2016 agenda
February 10, 2016 March 2, 2016 agenda
March 10, 2016 April 6, 2016 agenda
April 10, 2016 May 4, 2016 agenda
May 10, 2016 June 1, 2016 agenda
June 10, 2016 July 6, 2016 agenda
July 10, 2016 August 3, 2016 agenda
August 10, 2016 September 7, 2016 agenda
September 10, 2016 October 5, 2016 agenda
October 10, 2016 November 2, 2016 agenda
November 10, 2016 December 7, 2016 agenda

Established December 2002 - Revised: August 8, 2016