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

Last Updated: 2019-12-31

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
(IN ZONING OFFICE)                  

  January 2, 2020* November 15, 2019 November 25, 2019
  February 5, 2020 December 13, 2019 December 23, 2019
  March 4, 2020 January 17, 2020 January 27, 2020
  April 1, 2020 February 14, 2020 February 24, 2020
  May 6, 2020 March 13, 2020 March 23, 2020
  June 3, 2020 April 17, 2020 April 23, 2020*
  July 1, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 26, 2020*
  August 5, 2020 June 12, 2020 June 22, 2020
  September 2, 2020 July 17, 2020 July 27, 2020
  October 7, 2020 August 14, 2020 August 24, 2020
  November 4, 2020 September 18, 2020 September 28, 2020
  December 2, 2020 October 16, 2020 October 26, 2020
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  January 6, 2021 November 13, 2020 November 23, 2020
  February 3, 2021 December 18, 2020 December 28, 2020
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  BZA Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month and begin promptly at 1:00 PM
            *= Re-scheduled date due to City or Staff 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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