Board of Zoning Appeals

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Board Description

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board who are sworn in by the Circuit Court to serve a five year term. The function of the BZA is to hear and decide appeals from any decision or determination made by and zoning administrator and to authorize variances from the laws set forth in the Zoning Ordinance. The responsibilities of the Board of Zoning Appeals are in the City Code Section 10-3-132 through 10-3-140.

Individuals interested in deviating from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance (not to include use changes) or interested in appealing a decision of the Zoning Administrator may request such action and apply to the Board of Zoning Appeals.



Five years - two successive.


Meeting Date/Time/Location & Application Deadlines
The BZA meets as needed on the first Monday of the month at 4:00pm at the City Council Chambers (409 South Main Street).

PDF[123KB] 2022 BZA Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines 


Public Hearing Notices

Upcoming public hearing notices are available on the City's Public Hearing webpage


Agenda and Minutes 

COVID-19 Update: Interested parties may watch the meeting, including the public hearing, on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website. A phone line will also be live where citizens will be allowed to call in. The telephone number to call is 540-437-2687. Community members may also express their views electronically prior to the meeting by emailing


Planning Commission Meeting Videos

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Agendas and Minutes 


Board Members Term Term Expiration
Matthew Phillippi, Chair 2nd 3-20-23
Thomas Jenkins 2nd 3-20-24
Vacant 1st 5-26-25
Glen Stoltzfus 2nd 3-20-22
Jim Orndoff, Planning Commission Representative Tenure of Office




Questions or Comments?  Mail to City of Harrisonburg, Office of City Manager, Attn: (Board Member), 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.



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