Board of Zoning Appeals
Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) acts on matters pertaining to ordinance variance appeals and ordinance interpretation.  The Board of Zoning Appeals does not have the authority to alter or change the zoning district classification of any property, nor to make any change in the terms of the ordinance.  Learn more about the Board of Zoning Appeals in Article 25 of the Zoning Ordinance. 


Application Submissions

To apply for a variance, the Building Official must first determine the type and extent of variance needed.  To do this, you must first apply for a Building Permit.  The Building Official reviews the plans to determine any needed variances. 

DO NOT file a BZA application until you have fulfilled this requirement.  BZA applications filed without meeting this requirement are considered to be incomplete and are deferred to a future meeting.
Meeting Dates and Application Submission Deadlines (Public welcome to attend)

General Information 

  • The BZA meets the 1st Wednesday of the month.  Public welcome to attend. 
  • Meeting dates or application submission deadlines may be moved due to holidays and holiday newspaper publication.   Follow the posted schedule.
  • Applications are due by 4pm on the posted submission deadline. 
  • Due to publication requirements, submission deadlines are firm.

NOTE:  Meeting the submission deadline does not ensure the case will be heard at the next BZA meeting.  The City Planner will review your application, supporting documentation, and determine if the case has the information needed to properly notice the public hearing.  Follow the application instructions.  If your application is deficient, the case will be deferred to a future meeting.

2022 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines

January 5
submit application by Wed, December 1, 2021
(filing instructions are in the application)

February 2  
FEB 2 BZA MEETING CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
submit application by Mon, December 27, 2021
(filing instructions are in the application)

March 2
submit application by Wed, January 26 
(filing instructions are in the application)

April 6
submit application by Wed, March 2
(filing instructions are in the application)

May 4
submit application by Wed, March 30
(filing instructions are in the application)

June 1
submit application by Wed, April 27
(filing instructions are in the application)

July 6
submit application by Wed, June 1
(filing instructions are in the application)

August 3
submit application by Wed, June 22 (moved for holiday)
(filing instructions are in the application)

September 7
submit application by Wed, Aug 3
(filing instructions are in the application)

October 5
submit application by Wed, Aug 24 (moved for holiday)
(filing instructions are in the application)

November 2
submit application by Wed, September 28
(filing instructions are in the application)

December 7
submit application by Wed, November 3
(filing instructions are in the application)


2023 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines

January 4, 2023
submit application by Wed, November 30, 2022

February 1, 2023
submit application by Wed, December 21, 2022

[remainder of meeting schedule will be posted in Jan 2023]
Application Review Process
  • NOTE:  To apply for a variance, the Building Official must first determine the type and extent of variance needed.  To do this, you must first apply for a Building Permit.  The Building Official reviews the plans to determine any needed variances.  DO NOT file a BZA application until you have fulfilled this requirement.  BZA applications filed without meeting this requirement are considered to be incomplete and are deferred to a future meeting.
  • BZA applications are reviewed by the Building Official and City Planner to determine if they are complete. Incomplete applications are deferred to a future meeting.   
  • Due to statutory publication requirements, incomplete or deficient applications are deferred to a future BZA meeting. 
  • For complete applications, City staff prepares a public hearing notice for publication in the newspaper and mails notification to the applicant and property owners located within 300 feet of the property in which the request is located. 
  • Complete applications are provided to BZA members prior to the meeting. 
  • Staff reviews are provided to the petitioner by email prior to the scheduled meeting.

 


Meeting Information

All meetings begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted.  Public welcome to attend. 

Meetings are held at City Hall - Council Chambers, 215 W. Main Street, Northville, Michigan, 48167, 248-449-9902 unless otherwise noted. 

 

Meeting Procedure

Petitioner appears on his/her own behalf, or by representation.  Failure to do so will result in the petition being tabled and the petitioner is responsible for covering all fees associated with rescheduling the meeting.

Meeting format is as follows: 

  • Introduction of the petition by the City
  • Petitioner presentation
  • Public hearing
  • Deliberation
  • Motion and Vote

BZA members have the authority to grant a lesser variance than requested upon finding justice shall be served.  In addition, the BZA may require conditions related to the site, operation, and/or use to mitigate the impact of any variance.

Approvals and Permits

Approval of a Non-Use (Dimensional) Variance is valid for one year.  The application for a building permit or zoning/compliance permit must be submitted within this period. 

Approval of a Use Variance is valid for one year, during which time the use must be established on the subject site or a building permit obtained.