Board of Zoning Appeals


The City of Riverdale Board of Zoning Appeals holds monthly meetings, the third Wednesday of the month. provided they have cases to consider. The Board meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at the City Hall Complex, Council Chambers, 7200 Church Street, Riverdale, Georgia 30274.

2023 Schedule (Unofficial)

Jan.   18            July   21

Feb.   15             Aug.  16

March  15           Sept.  20

April     19           Oct.  18

May     17            Nov.  15

June     21           Dec.  20

Powers and Duties

The Board of Zoning Appeals shall have the following powers and duties:

1. Administrative review: To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the zoning administrator or director of community development in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance.

2. Major variances: To authorize upon appeal in specific cases such major variances as defined in this ordinance from the terms of the ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance will, in an individual case, result in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, so that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done. 

3. Granting  of variances for the following:
(a) Height of structure.
(b) Area of structure.
(c) Size of structure.
(d) Amount of front, rear and side yard setbacks.
(e) Size of open spaces (but not buffers).

Membership, Terms and Appointments

The board shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the city council for overlapping terms of five (5) years. Each appointment shall be for five (5) years. Any vacancy in the membership shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the initial appointment. Members shall be removable for cause by the appointing authority and after public hearing. None of the members shall hold any other public office or position in the city. Nominations are made by staff members and/or the governing body.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals, (click here), to complete an application. Please note there are residency requirements. Appointments are only made when vacancies occur. Completed applications should be mailed to:
City of Riverdale
971 Wilson Road
Riverdale, Georgia 30274

Changes in the scheduling of Called Meetings will be posted at least 24 hours in advance.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate in public meetings.