UPDATE MARCH 30, 2020:  The following City of Williamsburg buildings and facilities are closed to the public through April 23:  Municipal Building, Stryker Center, Quarterpath Recreation Center, Waller Mill Park, Police Department and Fire Station (only required staff will be at work, others will be teleworking). Governor Northam issued a "stay at home" executive order through June 10, 2020. Business assistance information can be found here. The City's telephone hotline (for city service questions):  (757) 259-7200 and the Virginia Health Dept. call center (for COVID-19 questions/concerns):  (757) 594-7069.

Board of Zoning Appeals

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The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of five members appointed by City Council and has the following powers and duties:

  • Hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Hear and decide on a variance. A variance is a reasonable deviation from those provisions regulating the shape, size or area of a lot or parcel of land or the size, height, area, bulk or location of a building or structure when the strict application of the ordinance would unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property, and such need for a variance would not be shared generally by other properties, and provided such variance is not contrary to the purpose of the ordinance.It shall not include a change in use, which change shall be accomplished by a rezoning or by a conditional zoning.
  • Hear and decide appeal from any decision of the Zoning Administrator.
  • Hear and decide applications for interpretations of the official zoning map.
  • Hear and decide application for special exceptions as outlined in the Zoning Ordinance.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets once a month and appeals are to Circuit Court.

**Meeting dates are subject to change.  Please check back for updates.

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