Board of Zoning Appeals - Site Design (BZA-SD)


Regular Meetings

  • 1st Wednesday of every month
  • 2 George Street
    1st Floor, Public Meeting Room 1403
    Charleston, SC 29401

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings and results are available following the meetings.
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The Board hears zoning variance and special exception requests and appeals to staff decisions concerning site design regulations such as the protection of trees, landscaping requirements, parking lot design and street design standards.

Zoning variance requests must meet the variance test set by the State of South Carolina. To approve special exceptions, the board must determine whether a specific proposal satisfies conditions set forth in the zoning ordinance.


Applications for BZA-SD meeting agendas will be accepted digitally; paper submittals will not be accepted. To apply, submit a completed application , plans and the required information listed on the application form, all in PDF format , to the board administrator, Eric Schultz, via email.  After receipt of submittal, an invoice for the application fee and instructions on how to pay will be emailed to the applicant .  The invoice must be paid promptly upon receipt to ensure application is placed on the meeting agenda.   Unpaid applications will be removed from the BZA-SD agenda.   

Applications are due by Noon on the deadline date (see Related Documents below). Public notice of the application is given through an agenda that is placed in the newspaper,  published on this website and mailed to subscribers. In addition, a sign noticing the public hearing will be placed on the property by the City. The Board meeting is a public hearing. Applicants should be prepared to present their case to the Board and answer questions.

Motions to Reconsider

An appeal for reconsideration of a decision of the Board must be filed within five (5) business days from the date of the Board’s decision, order, requirement or determination by delivery of the BZA-SD application , BZA-SD appeal form and fee to the Zoning Division office. To grant the appeal for reconsideration, the Board must find that it misapprehended or misconceived the question or questions involved, or that it erred in its finding or disposition of the appeal, application or matter. If such appeal is granted by the Board, the decision shall be withdrawn and the matter heard and considered de novo, as if no hearing, consideration or determination had been previously made or heard. For a use variance, the Mayor or a city councilmember may request an appeal to City Council within 15 days of the decision. Permits cannot be issued until the applicable period in which to file a motion to reconsider or appeal has expired. An appeal to the Board or to City Council stays all further action on the application, including issuance of permits. 


A person who may have a substantial interest in any decision of the Board or an officer or agent of the appropriate governing authority may appeal from a decision of the Board to the circuit court in the county by filing with the clerk of court a petition in writing setting forth plainly, fully, and distinctly why the decision is contrary to law. The appeal must be filed within thirty days after the decision of the Board is mailed. 

Pre-litigation Mediation

A property owner whose land is the subject of a decision of the board of appeals may alternatively appeal by filing a notice of appeal with the circuit court accompanied by a request for pre-litigation mediation in accordance with state law. Any notice of appeal and request for pre-litigation mediation must be filed within thirty days after the decision of the board is postmarked.

Related Documents