The role of the Board of Zoning Adjustment is to consider appeals from any order, decision or determination of the Codes Administrator, applications for special exceptions and conditional uses, and actions authorized by the City Council. The board has the power to vary or modify any requirement of the Zoning Ordinance based on a determination by the Codes Administrator.
The BZA is a quasi-judicial body comprised of eight citizens of Kansas City, Missouri appointed by the Mayor. Each member serves without pay or remuneration. The authority and powers of the Board of Zoning Adjustment are authorized by the statutes of the State of Missouri, the City Charter and the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, Missouri.
The Board of Zoning Adjustment conducts public hearings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month in the City Council chambers on the 26th Floor of City Hall. In the hearing, the Board receives a report of the applications from the staff of the City Planning and Development Department, receives information from the applicant regarding their request and hears testimony from other persons that may express concerns, opposition or support of the application. The board considers all of the information and votes whether to approve or deny a request, or to uphold or overturn the Codes Administrator based on the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, adopted land use plans and on other planning documents and policies.