Board of Zoning Appeals

480 Park Avenue, Upper Level
Amherst, Ohio 44001

ph (440) 988-3734
fax (440) 988-3764


8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Monday thru Friday (closed on gov’t hoildays)

Board of Zoning Appeals meetings are held at 206 South Main Street, Amherst, Ohio in Council Chambers on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm.

Amherst, Ohio Zoning Map

Board of Zoning Appeals Application

Any decision of the Building Inspector made in enforcement of the Zoning Code may be appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The Board may determine and vary the application of use, height, area regulations and building line regulations in all cases listed in the Zoning Code where approval of the Board is required after public notice and hearing.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Applicants must review and indicate any variances they are requesting for the district. A Board of Zoning Appeals application can be obtained on this website or at the Building Department. There is a non-refundable fee which must be received, along with your request, fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled meeting. The variance request will appear in The Morning Journal. Applicants (or their agent) are required to attend the meeting and will receive an agenda prior to the meeting date. All applicants will receive a copy of the approved meeting minutes.

Board of Zoning Appeals Fee Schedule
Residential – $35.00
Commercial – $100.00


The public may request an agenda and/or minutes from Planning Commission and/or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings via mail by submitting a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Building Department, 480 Park Avenue, Amherst, OH 44001 or in person at the Building Department during normal business hours. A fee of $.05 per standard photocopy will be charged per ordinance 99-155.