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Zoning Board of Appeals


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The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA) is a five-member board appointed by the City Council. The Board has the following powers and duties:

  • to hear and decide Appeals where it is alleged there is error in a decision or requirement made by an Administrative Official in the enforcement of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO);
  • to permit uses by Special Exception subject to the terms set forth in the UDO;
  • to hear and decide requests for Variance from the requirements of Chapter 4 of the City of Beaufort Code of Ordinances, Floodplain Regulations; and
  • to hear and decide requests for Variance from the requirements of the City's UDO when strict application of the provisions of the Ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.

A variance may be granted by the ZBOA only when the Board makes and explains in writing all of the following findings:

  1. Extraordinary and exceptional conditions. There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property. For example, the variance is justified because of topographic or other special conditions unique to the property and development involved, in contradistinction to mere inconvenience or financial disadvantage;
  2. Other property. These conditions do no generally apply to other property in the vicinity;
  3. Conditions.  The conditions are not the result of the applicant's own actions;
  4. Comprehensive Plan. Granting of the variance would not substantially conflict with the Comprehensive Plan and the purposes of the Unified Development Ordinance;
  5. Utilization. Because of these conditions, the application of the ordinance to the particular piece of property would effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property; and
  6. Substantial detriment. The authorization of the variance would not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property or the public good, and the character of the district would not be harmed by granting of the variance.

The fact that property may be utilized more profitably should a variance be granted may not be considered grounds for a variance.

The Board may not grant a variance the effect of which would be to:

  • allow the establishment of a use not otherwise permitted in the applicable zoning district;
  • increase the density of a use above that permitted by the applicable district;
  • extend physically a nonconforming use of land; or
  • change the zoning district boundaries shown on the official zoning map.

Section 3.15 of the UDO describes the Variance process in more detail.  Section 3.16 describes the process for obtaining a Special Exception.  Section 3.17 describes the Administrative Appeals process.

Meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals are generally held on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall in the Council Chambers located at 1911 Boundary Street.

For more information on the ZBOA, contact Julie A. Bachety, at (843) 525-7011 or at jbachety@cityofbeaufot.org


Project review applications for the Zoning Board of Appeals can be downloaded here.

Board Members

Josh Gibson, Chairman
Joe Noll, Vice-Chairman
Jody Lee Caron
Nigel Stroud
Tim Wood

2017 Schedule - Revised March 29, 2017

Meetings are generally held every 4th Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at 1911 Boundary Street, City Hall, in the Council Chambers.  All Applications are due by 12:00 noon.  If you have any special needs due to a physical challenge, please contact the Department of Planning & Development Services at (843) 525-7011.

Meeting Schedule

Deadline for Applications

Monday, January 23, 2017

Friday, December 16, 2016

Monday, February 27, 201

Thursday, January 27, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

1.  All proposed projects are required to be submitted to the City of Beaufort Department of Planning & Development Services
     at 1911 Boundary Street, City Hall.

2.  Submit 6 hardcopies of ALL documents submitted (1 full-size, 5 half-size) + digital copy of ALL documents.
3.  IMPORTANT:  A project will not be reviewed if the applicant or representative is not present at the meeting.
4.  The applicant fee includes the advertising and administration fees.

****Documents MUST BE to-scale, collated and bound by folding/stapling each set.

For a printable schedule click here.

 Forms & Applications