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  Board of Zoning Appeals Information  

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is responsible for deciding appeals and granting variances relative to the enforcement of the zoning regulations. The functions of the board are listed below:

  • To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To authorize upon appeal, in specific cases, variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance where, owing to special conditions, literal enforcement of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance will result in an unnecessary hardship. Variances can be granted that uphold the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance when the Appeals Board finds:
    • There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property in question because of its size, shape, or topography;
    • The application of the Zoning Ordinance to this particular piece of property would create an unnecessary hardship;
    • Such conditions are peculiar to the property involved; and
    • Relief, if granted, would not cause substantial detriment to the public.


The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor of Columbus and the Columbus City Council. The current board members are:

  • Ed Adams III
  • Ray Brinegar, III
  • Ann Davis
  • Barbara Fortson
  • Tom Moore
    • Fred Cobb - Secretary
    • Marsha Thomas - Recording Secretary
Board of Zoning Appeals
2014 Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates
Application Deadline Meeting Date Agenda
December 10, 2013 January 8, 2014 post agenda
January 10, 2014 February 5, 2014 post agenda
February 10, 2014 March 5, 2014 post agenda
March 10, 2014 April 2, 2015 post agenda
April 10, 2014 May 7, 2014 post agenda
May 10, 2014 June 4, 2014 post agenda
June 10, 2014 July 2, 2014 post-agenda
July 10, 2014 August 6, 2014 agenda
August 10, 2014 September 3, 2014 post-agenda
September 10, 2014 October 1, 2014 post-agenda
October 10, 2014 November 5, 2014 post-agenda
November 10, 2014 December 3, 2014 agenda

  • All applications must be submitted to the Inspections and Code Enforcement Department of the Columbus Consolidated Government before 5:00 p.m. of the deadline date along with all applicable fees
  • All public hearings will be held at 2:00p.m. in the Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Columbus Consolidated Government Annex located at 420 10th Street.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact Marsha Thomas @ (706) 225-3889.

  • Contact Information

    For more information about the Board of Zoning Appeals, please contact Marsha Thomas by calling (706) 225-3889.

Established December 2002 - Revised: November 6, 2014