The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.
The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.
The Board of Appeals is comprised of five Board members appointed for staggered four-year terms. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and two by the President of the Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Appeals provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations.
The Board's public hearings are held most Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416, tel. 415.575.6880
Board of Appeals decisions, forms, Rules, annual reports and other publications and information are available in the Board’s Resource Center.
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