Board of Zoning Appeals

Responsibilities & Duties

The BZA is empowered to hear and decide appeals, and interpret provisions for applicants exhibiting a challenge to City officials issuing orders, decisions or requirements under the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO). The BZA independently provides a forum for applicants and/or representatives to appeal their case for a variance, pursuant to Section 81 of New York State General City Law.

Board of Zoning Appeals Documents

Zoning Maps

Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings

  • 6 pm
  • Monthly
  • Albany Community Development Agency
    200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
    Community Room
    Albany, NY 12210
  • Live-streamed via YouTube  

2023 Meeting Dates

January 25April 19
July 12
October 4
February 15May 10
August 2
October 25
March 15May 31
August 23
November 15
March 29June 21
September 13
December 6

How to Submit Audio and Written Comments on Board of Zoning Appeals Applications

Audio comments (up to three minutes in length) and written comments must be submitted to  no less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing or meeting to ensure review by the Board of Zoning Appeals. Submitted comments will not be played or read during the hearing or meeting.

How to Provide Public Comment on an application at a Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing 

Requests to provide public comment at a public hearing must be submitted to  no less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting and shall include:

  • Your name
  • The project/s that you wish to speak on,  and
  • The municipality where you live, as required by §34-1B of the Albany City Code.

Members of the public will have three minutes to speak per project and Common Council members have six minutes to speak per project. Speaking times may be modified based on the number of individuals signed up to speak, so it is recommended to submit written or audio comments prior to the hearing or meeting. Projects on a public workshop agenda do not have a public comment period.

Please be respectful of others and in the delivery of your public comment. The Board of Zoning Appeals reserves the right to silence or remove participants who are not respectful during the hearing.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of five members appointed by the Mayor for a three year term. The presence of three members constitutes a quorum of the Board, and the concurring vote of three members is required to carry out any action.

  • Adriana Le Blan - Expires 12/31/23
  • Paige A. Barnum - Expires 12/31/22
  • Martha Mahoney - Expires 12/31/25
  • Serena Joyce White-Lake - Expires 12/31/24
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