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

Last Updated: 2020-12-14

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 6, 2021   November 13, 2020   November 23, 2020
  February 3, 2021   December 18, 2020   December 28, 2020
  March 3, 2021   January 15, 2021   January 25, 2021
  April 7, 2021   February 12, 2021   February 22, 2021
  May 5, 2021   March 19, 2021   March 29, 2021
  June 2, 2021   April 16, 2021   April 26, 2021
  July 7, 2021   May 14, 2021   May 24, 2021
  August 4, 2021   June 18, 2021   June 28, 2021
  September 1, 2021   July 16, 2021   July 26, 2021
  October 6, 2021   August 13, 2021   August 23, 2021
  November 3, 2021   September 17, 2021   September 27, 2021
  December 1, 2021   October 15, 2021   October 25, 2021

  January 5, 2022   November 12, 2021   November 22, 2021
  February 2, 2022   December 17, 2021   December 27, 2021
  -------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------

  BZA Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month and begin promptly at 1:00 PM.

  Applications shall be processed for docketing with the Board once the following are submitted:

  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.

Revised: November 4, 2020        

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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