Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBOA)

The Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment was created by Minneapolis Zoning Code 1960, Chapter 525.110 to hear and decide appeals from decisions made by the Zoning Administrator under the Zoning Code; to hear and act upon applications for variances from the terms of the Zoning Code; to hear and recommend on all matters referred to it by the Zoning Code.


Seat 1, 2, and 3: Three-year terms beginning January 1, 2021, and ending December 31, 2023.

Deadline: Applications will be received until November 1, 2020.

Application Instructions

Complete the Application Form (pdf) and the Voluntary Demographic Questionnaire (pdf).

Send completed forms to Open appointments, or by fax: 612-673-3812, or:

City Clerk Appointment - Room 304
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382

You can apply on your own behalf, nominate others for consideration, or inform the City Clerk's Office of someone to whom you'd like application materials to be sent.


ZBOA Committee Clerk: Rachel Blanford, 612-673-3753
City Clerk Contact: Open appointments, 612-673-2216

Selection Process

Applications are forwarded to the chair of Zoning and Planning for recommendation to the full City Council.

The board consists of nine (9) members appointed by the City Council from an advisory list submitted to it by the City Planning Commission. All appointments are made after solicitation of resident nominees from organizations broadly and geographically representative of community interests. Members serve for a term of three (3) years and are appointed as the terms of the present members of the existing board of adjustment expire. All members continue in office until their successors are appointed. Any member of the board may be removed there from for cause by the City Council.

Additional Information

Meetings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment are held twice per month on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in Room 317 City Hall. Members may be removed for cause by the City Council. There are no restrictions on re-appointment. Members receive $50 for each meeting they attend. The board meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Applicants must be City residents.

See the Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment website.

Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact the Office of City Clerk at 612-673-2216 or 
Open appointments. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.


Last updated Oct 1, 2020



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