May 8, 2020: City officials and staff are taking the following steps to protect public safety in response to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Updates will be provided as conditions evolve. Please visit the City of Charleston’s webpage for more information on the City’s response to COVID-19.
BOARD MEETINGS: Board meetings will be conducted via Zoom beginning on June 2nd, 2020. Click here for the Agenda to the upcoming BZA-Z meeting. For an image overview of documents submitted for the upcoming BZA-Z agenda, click here.
BOARD SUBMITTALS: Plans for future BZA-Z meeting agendas will be accepted digitally; paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications and plans in PDF format should be submitted directly to the board administrator, Pennye Ashby, via email.
STAFF REVIEW SUBMITTALS: Simple zoning review requests such as fences, minor modifications, etc. may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be distributed to Zoning staff. Please include other applicable applications, site plans, photographs, and valuation of request. The Permit Center is also conducting modified operations.
For the Board to approve variance requests, applicants must be able to explain how their request satisfies the legal test for a variance.
For the Board to approve special exception requests, applicants must be able to show the Board how their request satisfies specific requirements listed in the Zoning Ordinance for the exception being requested.
Application and Hearing
To apply, submit a completed application (PDF), the required information listed on the application form, and fee to the Permit Center Zoning Desk. Applications are due by Noon on the deadline date. Public notice of the application is given through the newspaper, and an agenda that is published on this website and mailed to subscribers. In addition, a sign noticing the public hearing will be placed on the property by the City. The Board meeting is a public hearing. Applicants should be prepared to present their case to the Board and answer questions.
There is a five business day appeal period following the date of each Board decision, except for use variances, where the appeal period is 15 calendar days. Permits cannot be issued until this appeal period has expired. An appeal to a Board decision stays all further action on the application, including issuance of permits.