The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is responsible for hearing appeals from individuals who are requesting exceptions or variations from City Ordinances in regard to land use and building requirements. Examples of requests include variances for signs, yard regulations, lot requirements, off-street parking, fences, sheds and more. Powers of the BZA include interpretation of the Official Zoning map and the Unified Development Code, review of variance requests and appeals from actions taken by the Administration, and serve as the Building Code of Appeals.


The BZA is comprised of five electors of the City who are appointed by the Council for terms of five years each. Any vacancy is filled for that unexpired term. Members now serving on the BZA shall serve out their existing terms. Members of Boards and Commissions appointed by City Council shall serve without compensation. 


Meeting Information

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Courtroom #1, 7 Richmond Street, Painesville. All meetings are open to the public. 

Watch Meetings
Board of Zoning Appeals Agendas
Board of Zoning Appeals Actions
Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes

2024 Schedule & Deadlines

Applications & Requirements

The following requirements and applications are resources for those coming before the Board of Zoning Appeals:


Additional Information