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Zoning Board of Appeals


The City of Utica Zoning Board of Appeals is a review board established by State and local law to address appeals from the strict application of the City's Zoning Ordinance.  The textual Zoning Ordinance and associated Zoning Map establish various districts throughout the City where various uses are either permitted or prohibited.  Additionally, the Zoning Ordinance sets forth the manner by which properties are to be developed, including setbacks, height and bulk restrictions and lot coverage.  The City's master plan serves as the basis for both the various regulations included in the Zoning Ordinance and the Zoning Map.

The Zoning Board of Appeals has a number of duties and responsibilities, as provided in Section 2-29-66 of the City of Utica Zoning Ordinance. 

Those duties include: zoning interpretation, overturning interpretations made by the Commissioner of Codes Enforcement, the Director of Planning, other City administrative officials and the Zoning Board itself, approve special uses, grant variances, granting approval for building within the bed of mapped streets, extension of district boundaries, granting of temporary uses and home occupation permits.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of five (5) members that are citizens of the City of Utica. Zoning Board members are appointed by the Mayor and serve no more than two consecutive five year terms.  The current list of Zoning Board of Appeals members include:

Joseph Burke
Frank Donato
Wendy Tarver
Nedzad Smajic
Michael Wolfe

The City of Utica Zoning Board meets regularly on a monthly basis.  Generally, meetings are held at 5:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month in the Common Council chambers of City Hall.  All meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals are open to the public and, as such, are advertised in the Observer-Dispatch.  In addition, all matters scheduled for review by the Zoning Board of Appeals are subject to additional public notice requirements.  Property owners within a 200 foot radius of any subject property are notified by mail of an owner's intent to seek a determination from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Due to public notice requirements and the need for review of applications by other State and local agencies, there is a pre-filing deadline for all agendas.  The schedule of meeting dates and the deadline for filing applications for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year is as follows:



5:00 PM




December 27, 2019

January 14, 2020


January 24, 2020

February 11, 2020


February 21, 2020

March 10, 2020


March 27, 2020

April 14, 2020


April 24, 2020

May 12, 2020


May 22, 2020

June 9, 2020


June 26, 2020

July 14, 2020


July 24, 2020

August 11, 2020


August 21, 2020

September 8, 2020


September 25, 2020

October 13, 2020


October 23, 2020

November 10, 2020


November 20, 2020

December 8, 2020





Special Use Permit

Use Variance

Area Variance

In order to be placed on the agenda, a complete application must be submitted by the applicant.  A complete application should include, at a minimum: completed application form, plot plan, photographs, the necessary environmental review (if necessary) and any other drawings or materials which will assist the Zoning Board of Appeals in their review of each application.  Additionally, each application should include the appropriate application fee, as set forth below:

Application Type

     Fee (check or money order)



Area Variance


Use Variance


Building in mapped street


Temporary Use


Boundary Extension


Special Use


To check whether or not you proposed project is permitted without Zoning Board approval, see our searchable Zoning Code or call our offices at 315-792-0181.

Should you have any questions regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals, please contact Department of Urban & Economic Development staff at (315) 792-0181.