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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 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. Pre-Agenda meetings are monthly on the third Thursday at 3 p.m. in Room 461 in the City County Building.

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