Board of Zoning Appeals - Zoning (BZA-Z)

Regular Meetings

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, except for January and July when no meeting is held on the 1st Tuesday.
  • 2 George Street
    1st Floor, Public Meeting Room 1403
    Charleston, SC 29401

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings and results are available following the meetings.
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Overview

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.

Appeals

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. 

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