Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of seven members appointed by the City Council for a term of three years.  Members must be United States Citizens and residents of the City of Detroit, and not members of City Government.  Members may be removed for cause by the Council only after consideration of written charges and a public hearing.  Any vacancies are filled by Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. 

    The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides Appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by any administrative official charged with the enforcement of the City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance.  The basis upon which the Building Permit was denied determines the type of Zoning Appeals that is made to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

THE APPEAL WILL THEREFORE FALL INTO ONE OF SEVERAL CATEGORIES:

1)    A SPECIFIC INTERPRETATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE.

2)    AN ADJUSTMENT OR A VARIANCE FROM THE STRICT APPLICATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE.

3)    A DECISION ON SUCH MATTERS WHICH IT IS AUTHORIZED TO REVIEW BY THE CITY ZONING ORDINANCE.

4)    JURISDICTION OVER ALL NON-CONFORMING BUILDINGS AND USES.

5)    JURISDICTION OVER REQUEST FOR HARDSHIP RELIEF AS PROVIDE FOR BY THE ZONING ORDINANCE.

The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides from, and reviews any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administration official charged with the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.

They are also charged with accepting appeals from decision made by the Buildings Safety Engineering and Environmental Department after a hearing has been held before the Buildings Safety Engineering and Environmental Department‘s Hearing Officer.

The Board of Zoning Appeals office is located at 212 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, Michigan 48226, telephone number is (313) 224-3595.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

The Board of Zoning Appeals will be meeting virtually using videoconferencing.
You can view the meeting in the following manner:
To attend online use:
https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/s/82469728510
Meeting ID: 82469728510

 

The City Council's Appointed Seven Board Members are: 

 

Board Members
Term Beginning        
 
 Council District 
Term Ending 
 
Robert G. Weed March, 2013 District 1 December, 2024
Vivian Teague January, 2017 District 2 December, 2022
Elois Moore January, 2017 District 3 December, 2022
Michelle West January, 2021 District 4 December, 2023
Robert Thomas  March, 2013 District 5 December, 2024
Debra Walker October, 2019 District 6 December, 2024
Anthony Sherman  March 2020 District 7 December, 2023

 

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Schedule

January 18, 2022 - Elections & Tech Training  June 21, 2022
January 25, 2022 - Board Training June 28, 2022
February 8, 2022 August 9, 2022
February 15, 2022 August 16, 2022
March 8, 2022 August 23, 2022
March 15, 2022 August 30, 2022
March 22, 2022 September 13, 2022
March 29, 2022 September 20, 2022
March 22, 2022 September 27, 2022
April 12, 2022 October 14, 2022
April 19, 2022 October 18, 2022 - Training
April 26, 2022 October 25, 2022
May 10, 2022 November 8, 2022
May 17, 2022 - Training November 15, 2022
May 24, 202 November 22, 2002
June 14, 2022 December 13, 2022

 

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