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All boards and commissions have the option to meet virtually because of COVID-19. Please contact the individual board chair or administrator for specific meeting information.


If you have comments or questions about an agenda item or about the Board of Zoning Appeals, please call Scott Elder, City of Knoxville Zoning Chief, at 865-215-4473.  


The Board of Zoning Appeals hears certain appeals of denials of building permits by the City's Plans Review and Inspections Department. An applicant can request a variance from the Zoning Code requirements or can appeal an administrative official’s interpretation of the Zoning Code.

As of 02/24/2021 the Board of Zoning Appeals monthly Board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month.  The next BZA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:00pm via the Zoom online meeting format.  Meeting details and Zoom link will be posted shortly.  The deadline to file an application for the April 20, 2021 BZA meeting is noon on Thursday, March 11, 2021

Decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals can be appealed to City Council within 15 days of the Board's decision. Appeals of a City Council decision related to Board of Zoning Appeals are made to Chancery Court.


Five members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council to each serve a term of five years.  


Board meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building unless otherwise posted. The monthly Board meeting agenda is published as a public notice in the Legal Notices section of the Knoxville News Sentinel at least 10 days prior to the monthly Board meeting. 

The next BZA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:00pm via the Zoom online meeting format. Please contact Juliana LeClair at 865-215-2988, jleclair@knoxvilletn.gov with questions.

Click here to view current board membership and to check for opportunities to serve on this board.