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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@rva.gov 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 - December 2022 Meeting


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 at 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, 2021 - December 31, 2024
Original Appointment: January 29, 2009

Roger H. York, Jr., VICE-CHAIRMAN
Current Term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024
Original Appointment: February 5, 2007

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

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

Susan Sadid
Current Term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024
Original Appointment as Regular Member: May 13, 2021
Original Appointment as Alternate Member: January 1, 2014

ALTERNATE MEMBERS:

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

Bryce Robertson
Current Term: May 13, 2021 – December 31, 2023
Original Appointment as Alternate Member: May 13, 2021

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.

For a variance application, a report must be filed with the application documenting compliance with the relevant provisions of Section 15.2-2309 of the Code of Virginia

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 4, 2023 November 18, 2022 November 28, 2022
February 1, 2023 December 16, 2022 December 27, 2022
March 1, 2023 January 13, 2023 January 23, 2023
April 5, 2023 February 10, 2023 February 21, 2023
May 3, 2023 March 17, 2023 March 27, 2023
June 7, 2023 April 14, 2023 April 24, 2023
July 5, 2023 May 19, 2023 May 30, 2023
August 2, 2023 June 16, 2023 June 26, 2023
September 6, 2023 July 14, 2023 July 24, 2023
October 4, 2023 August 18, 2023 August 28, 2023
November 1, 2023 September 15, 2023 September 25, 2023
December 6, 2023 October 13, 2023 October 23, 2023
January 3, 2024 November 17, 2023 November 27, 2023
February 7, 2024 December 15, 2023 December 27, 2023

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.