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All boards and commissions have the option to meet virtually because of COVID-19. Please contact the individual board chair or administrator for specific meeting information.


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.

The deadline for filing applications to the Board of Zoning Appeals is typically the third Monday of each month by noon for the meeting that will be held on the third Thursday of the following month.  The full schedule of deadlines and fees can be found online here.

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 Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building. 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 January 21, 2021 meeting will be an online meeting format.  Anyone interested in viewing the online meeting or participating in this online meeting can join with the following link:
Passcode: 754690
Please contact Juliana LeClair at 865-215-2988, jleclair@knoxvilletn.gov to register prior to 01/20/2021.

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