Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) acts on matters pertaining to ordinance variance appeals and ordinance interpretation. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals does not have the power to alter or change the zoning district classification of any property, nor to make any change in the terms of the ordinance.

Learn more about the Board of Zoning Appeals in Article 25 of the Zoning Ordinance. 
Meeting Dates and Application Submission Deadlines

General Information 

  • The BZA meets the 1st Wednesday of the month. 
  • Meeting dates or application submission deadlines moved due to holidays and holiday newspaper publication deadlines are denoted with an asterisk *.   Follow the posted schedule.
  • Applications are due by 4pm on the submission deadline. 
  • Due to publication requirements, submission deadlines are firm.

NOTE:  Meeting the submission deadline does not ensure the case will be heard at the next BZA meeting.  The City Planner will review your application, supporting documentation, and determine if the case has the information needed to properly notice the public hearing.  If your application is deficient, you case will be deferred to the following month's meeting, pending timely submission of the required information.

2019 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines 

January 2 (meeting canceled)
submit application by Mon., December 3, 2018

February 6 (meeting canceled)
submit application by Mon., January 7

March 6
submit application by Mon., February 4

April 3
submit application by Mon., March 4

May 1
submit application by Mon., April 1

June 5
submit application by Mon., May 6

July 10*
submit application by Mon., June 10

August 7
submit application by Mon., July 8

September 4
submit application by Mon., August 5

October 2
submit application by Wed., August 21*

November 6
submit application by Mon., October 7

December 4
submit application by Mon., November 4

2020 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines

January 8* 
submit application by Mon., December 9

February 5
submit application by Mon., January 6

Applying to the BZA
  • Review the meeting date and application submission schedule before applying. 
  • Meeting dates and submission deadlines may be moved to accommodate holidays and newspaper publication deadlines.
  • Follow the submission schedule posted at the Building Department and as posted on the website.
  • Follow the submission instructions found on the last page of the application.  The instructions provide direction on the number of packets needed, assembling your submission, and the documents required at filing.  Incomplete applications may be deferred to a future meeting. 
  • Applicable fees are noted on the application.  Applications filed without the fee are considered incomplete. 
  • Submission deadlines are firm. 

NOTE:  Meeting the submission deadline does not ensure the case will be heard at the next BZA meeting.  The City Planner will review your application, supporting documentation, and determine if the case has the information needed to properly notice the public hearing.  If your application is deficient, you case will be deferred to the following month's meeting, pending timely submission of the required information.


Application Review Process
  • BZA applications are reviewed by the Building Official and City Planner to determine if they are complete. Incomplete applications are returned to the applicant for additional information. 
  • Due to statutory publication requirements, incomplete or deficient applications are deferred to a future BZA meeting based upon when the necessary information is received. 
  • For complete applications, City staff prepares a public hearing notice for publication in the newspaper and mails notification to the applicant and property owners located within 300 feet of the property in which the request is located. 
  • Complete applications are provided to BZA members prior to the meeting. 
  • Staff reviews are provided to the petitioner by email prior to the scheduled meeting.
Meeting Information
All meetings begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted. 

Meetings are held at City Hall - Council Chambers, 215 W. Main Street, Northville, Michigan, 48167, 248-449-9902. 
Meeting Procedure

Petitioner appears on his/her own behalf, or by representation.  Failure to do so will result in the petition being tabled. 

Petitioner is responsible for covering all fees associated with rescheduling the meeting.

Meeting format is as follows: 

  • Introduction of the petition by the City
  • Petitioner presentation
  • Public hearing
  • Deliberation
  • Motion and Vote

BZA members have the authority to grant a lesser variance than requested upon finding justice shall be served.  In addition, the BZA may require conditions related to the site, operation, and/or use to mitigate the impact of any variance.

Approvals and Permits
Approval of a Non-Use (Dimensional) Variance is valid for one year.  The application for a building permit or zoning/compliance permit must be submitted within this period. 

Approval of a Use Variance is valid for one year, during which time the use must be established on the subject site or a building permit obtained.