Appeal to City Council

The city council shall have the power to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that there is an error in any fact, procedure or finding made by the board of zoning appeals or the planning commission. An appeal may be taken to the city council by any person, firm or corporation or by any office, department, board or bureau affected by a decision of the board of zoning appeals or planning commission. Such appeal shall be taken within ten (10) days after the date of the decision appealed from and shall specify the grounds for the appeal. Appeals of decisions by the board of zoning appeals shall be filed with the zoning administrator; appeals of decisions by the planning commission shall be filed with the planning administrator, except that appeals of decisions by the planning commission on site plan review shall be filed with the zoning administrator.

The city council shall conduct a hearing on the appeal, shall give due notice of the hearing to all interested parties as required under section 61.303, and shall render a decision on the appeal without unreasonable delay. Any person may appear and testify at the hearing either in person or by duly authorized agent or attorney.

Building permits shall not be issued after an appeal has been filed. If permits have been issued before an appeal has been filed, then the permits are suspended and construction shall cease pending a final decision on the appeal.

Decisions of the city council on all matters within its jurisdiction shall be final subject only to judicial review by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Application Requirements

You must submit an application that includes the following:

  • A completed application for appeal form
  • A Letter stating the grounds for the appeal along with any supporting documentation
  • The required filing fee.

Please submit the application to: The Department of Safety and Inspections Zoning Section 375 Jackson St, Suite 220 Saint Paul, MN, 55101


Appeal fees are $462.00

Last Edited: April 29, 2020