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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. 

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 meeting is February 15, 2022.

The remaining meeting schedule for 2022 is as follows:

March 15, 2022
April 19, 2022 - Location to be announced closer to meeting
May 17, 2022
June 21, 2022
July 19, 2022 - Meeting to be held in the Main Assembly Room
August 16, 2022
September 20, 2022
October 18, 2022 - Location to be announced closer to meeting
November 15, 2022
December 20, 2022

Please contact Cheri Burke at 865-215-2867 or cmburke@knoxvilletn.gov with questions about attending or for alternate attendance options.

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