The Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals from the City's Zoning Ordinance. These appeals are typically variances for setback requirements. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Commission Room of the Municipal Building.  Some meetings are still following COVID-19 protocol,  please call to verify if meeting restrictions are in place.  To file an appeal, a completed application and the items from the Required Information Checklist must be submitted by the 12th of the month preceding the meeting. The Board's agenda is restricted to seven (7) appeals therefore, the first seven applications received will be heard at the meeting. 
The Zoning Ordinance regulates the size of lots as well as the placement of a residence on a lot. Typically, these restrictions regarding placement are referred to as setbacks, which means the distance a structure must be placed or setback from the lot line. The Ordinance also limits the amount of paved surface which is defined as concrete, blacktop, gravel, brick, or a similar material in the front yard.  A minimum requirement of 65% of the front open space must be free of paved surfaces.
If you are considering building a new house or addition, please contact the Building Department at 248.530.1850 for setback information. Your current setbacks may be different than when your home was constructed.