Zoning Board of Appeals Overview

Course Overview

This introductory course to the zoning board of appeals focuses on the statutory tests boards must follow to grant use and area variances and proper handling of zoning interpretations. Meeting procedures and notice requirements will also be discussed, along with the ZBA’s relationship with enforcement officials and the planning board, and the importance of making good findings.

This course is 1.5 hours in length.

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Text Version of the Course (pdf)

NOTE: Online courses are not available for in-service credit for code enforcement officers, continuing legal education credit for attorneys, or certification maintenance credit for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Some courses will produce a certificate at the end, and others will only produce your quiz results. The quiz results page should be used as proof of your training.


Resources Provided by DOS

Committee on Open Government:

Your Right to Know
This publication provides information about the Freedom of Information Law and the Open Meetings Law.

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Advisory Opinion Index
Search this database for advisory opinions regarding access to government records. For example, choose “M” for “Minutes, Contents of” to learn more about the required elements for minutes of all public bodies; choose “I” to learn more about access to “Inter-Agency and Intra-Agency” communications, or parts thereof.

Open Meetings Law (OML) Advisory Opinion Index
Search this database for advisory opinions regarding public meetings. For example, choose “P” to learn more about “Public Participation” at a meeting; choose “E” to learn more about conducting “Executive Sessions.”


    Zoning Board of Appeals

    This booklet gives the legal framework for understanding the powers and duties of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Includes all statutory changes through the 2005 Legislative Session.



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