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​​​​​​​​​Zoning Board of Appeals

The purpose of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is to hear and decide appeals and to authorize variances from the strict application of the zoning, off-street parking, landscape, streets, stormwater, and fence ordinances. 

The ZBA is composed of nine members of the public, including one member of the City Council and one member of the City Planning Commission.  ZBA members serve three-year terms.   

  • Candice Briere, Chair
  • Chris Fraleigh​, Vice Chair​​​
  • Dave DeVarti
  • Michael Daniel
  • Todd Grant
  • Elizabeth Nelson, Appointed by City Council
  • Julia Goode
  • Chris Madigan
  • Vacancy

 Apply to Serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals​ 

Bylaws- Rules of the Zoning Board of Appeals (PDF)
Application Procedure and Forms

The Zoning Board of Appeals typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 PM.  ​

2022 Z​oning Board of Appeals Meeting Schedule​​
Application DueMeeting Date
December 29, 2021
January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022February 23, 2022
February 23, 2022March 23, 2022
March 30, 2022
April 27, 2022
April 27, 2022May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022June 22, 2022
June 29, 2022July 27, 2022
July 27, 2022August 24, 2022
August 31, 2022September 28, 2022
September 28, 2022October 26, 2022
November 9, 2022December 7, 2022*

*First Wednesday in December

Applications​ are due by noon on the fourth Wednesday of the prior month unless otherwise noted.

The Zoning Board of Appeals Application fees are as follows and are due at the time the application is filed.

    • Single & Two-Family: $1,000 per address
    • Multiple-Family & Commercial: $1,000 per address
    • Administrative Appeal: $1,500

All Zoning Board of Appeals applications must be submitted through the City's new online permitting system STREAM​ (​stream.a2gov.org​​). Paper applications and emailed PDFs are no longer accepted.​

Applications must be submitted online using the City's new online permitting system STREAM​ (stream.a2gov.org). 

To Apply:

  1. ​​​Go to STREAM​ (stream.a2gov.org​)
  2.  Select the Apply box
  3.  Select the application type: Variance Application, Alteration to Non-Conforming Structure Application, or the Administrative Appeal Application 
  4. Follow prompts to complete the application. 
Contact Staff for assistance with applications. 

Return to In-Person Meetings - Beginning January 1, 2022, the Zoning Board of Appeals will return to in-person meetings, though applicants, owners, and public commenters may attend virtually via Zoom or telephone. 

For in-person meetings please note:

  • All persons are required to wear face masks inside City Hall. 
  • Regular meetings are broadcast for viewing online and cable television, and participants may attend virtually via Zoom or by telephone. 
  • Applicants, owners, and public hearing comments may be made in person at the meeting, by Zoom, or by phone. 
  • Return to in-person meetings is required for compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Temporary provisions that allowed electronic participation since March 2020 expired on December 31, 2021.  


The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting schedule, packets, minutes, and videos are available at the City of Ann Arbor's Legislative Information Center. 

  • Access the calendar page.
  • Select "Zoning Board of Appeals" from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
  • Click on the "Search Calendar" button. 
  • Staff reports can be found by clicking the "Meeting Details" link for each meeting date.

For copies of minutes prior to September 2011, contact Mia Gale at 734.794.6000 x 42665 or email [email protected]


Jon Barrett, Zoning Coordinator
734.794.6000 x 42654

Courtney Manor, ​ Administrative Assistant 
734.794.6000 x42618