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Board of Zoning Appeals 
Secretary: Roy Benbow

900 E. Broad St., Room 108
Richmond, VA 23219
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 

Board of Zoning Appeals

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Zoning Administration Office in Room 108 is not open to walk-in visits at this time but staff is available to meet, following social distancing protocols. To schedule an appointment, email PDRZoningAdministration@richmondgov.com or by telephone at 804-646-6340. It is required to 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 refer to the City’s legislative calendar for information on Board of Zoning Appeals meetings: https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.


Current BZA Agenda - July 2021


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.

For more information, contact the Board of Zoning Appeals Secretary, Roy Benbow 804-240-2124 or E-mail.

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.

REGULAR MEMBERS:

Burchell Fitzgerald Pinnock, CHAIRMAN
Current Term: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2020
Original Appointment: January 29, 2009

Roger H. York, Jr., VICE-CHAIRMAN
Current Term: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020
Original Appointment: February 5, 2007

Rodney M. Poole
Current Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2023
Original Appointment: January 1, 1993

Kenneth R. Samuels, Sr.
Current Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2023
Original Appointment: January 1, 2012

Mary Jane Massad Hogue
Current Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2023
Original Appointment as Regular Member: January 1, 2014
Original Appointment as Alternate Member: January 11, 2010

ALTERNATE MEMBERS:

Edward H. Winks, Jr.
Current Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2023
Original Appointment as Alternate Member: October 27, 2005

Susan Sadid
Current Term: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020
Original Appointment as Alternate Member: January 1, 2014

It is required to 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 108 of City Hall.

    Variance/Special Exception Application Form

    Appeals Application Form

    Presentation Suggestions

    Document Requirements

    Submittal Checklist

BZA Meetings are held in the 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall.
Click here for a printer-friendly version of the meeting & filing schedule.

BZA Meeting Filing Deadline
Zoning Office
Staff Review Meeting
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. 

$175.00 fee is required for any application involving single- or two-family dwellings. 
$550.00 fee is required for any application involving all other uses. 
$250.00 fee is required to appeal a decision of the Zoning Administrator. 
$750.00 fee is required for any use where a zoning violation resulted from construction not in compliance with the approved plans.

Click here to view the BZA Agendas & Minutes.

Minutes of past BZA meetings are also available on the Zoning Map found here.