The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) holds public hearings on administrative appeals and zoning variances. The BZA holds a public hearing before deciding on each minor and major zoning variance. Minor variances are for single family additions, garages, fences and pools; all other variances are major variances. The Board of Zoning Appeals will conduct a public hearing within 4 weeks of the application's submission. Administrative appeals are challenges of decisions made by the zoning administrator. Decisions of the BZA and the Planning Commission are final unless they are appealed to the City Council.


  • 3:00 pm
  • Every other Monday
  • Room 330, City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd., West

Member Requirements

Board of Zoning Appeals

Staff contact: David Eide,, 651-266-9088.

List of Criteria:

  • 9 members
  • 6 regular members
  • 2 alternates
  • One Planning Commission Representative
  • St. Paul residency required

St. Paul enabling code applicable to board: 61.203

Length of term: 3 years, except for Planning Commission Representative, whose term is concurrent with their Planning Commission term.

Hold public hearings on:

  • Administrative appeals
  • Zoning variances

Additional information:

  • The majority of cases are variance requests.
  • Administrative appeals are challenges of decisions made by the zoning administrator.

Vacancies: One vacancy, an alternate position.


Complete an application online or print one out and mail it in. You can apply for more than one committee per application. Mayor Carter encourages applicants to get recommendations from their City Councilmembers. 

Please send applications to: 
ATTN: Noel Nix
Office of the Mayor 
390 City Hall 15 Kellogg Blvd.West 
Saint Paul, MN 55102. Phone: 

For a complete list of boards, committees and commissions, please see the list to the right-hand side of this screen. For questions about the application process please contact Noel Nix via email at

Phone: 651-266-8510

Last Edited: October 28, 2021