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Board of Zoning Appeals

Meetings 
The Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals from the City's Zoning Ordinance. These appeals are typically variances from setback requirements. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Commission Room of the Municipal Building. To file an appeal, a complete application and the required information must be submitted by the 15th of the month preceding the meeting. The Board's agenda is restricted to seven (7) items, so the first seven applications received will be heard at the meeting. 
 
Regulations 
The Zoning Ordinance regulates the size of lots as well as the placement of a residence on a lot. Typically, these restrictions regarding placement are referred to as setbacks, which means the distance a structure must be placed or setback from the lot line. The Ordinance also limits the amount of paved surface which is defined as concrete, blacktop, gravel, brick, or a similar material in the front yard.  A minimum requirement of 65% of the front open space must be free of paved surfaces.
 
Anyone contemplating building a new house or addition should contact the Building Department at 248.530.1850 for setback information. Required setbacks may be different today than when your home was constructed.