Board of Zoning Appeals

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City of Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals

The City of Carmel established the Board of Zoning Appeals as part of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which applies to all of Clay Township within Hamilton County. The Board of Zoning Appeals has territorial jurisdiction over all the land subject to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

BZA normally meets at 6 p.m. every 4th Monday of each month at Carmel City Hall.

An alternate procedure to being heard by the full BZA is to be heard by a BZA Hearing Officer. The BZA Hearing Officer is a member of the BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals) who is enabled the final voting authority on a variance or special use petition. Petitions that are heard by the Hearing Officer are usually variance requests that would not be controversial at all.

The timeline to be heard by a BZA Hearing Officer is usually about 10 days shorter than the regular 45-day BZA process. This is because the public notice requirement is 10 days prior to the public hearing meeting, rather than 25 days prior to a regular BZA meeting. Also, the application filing fees are less for a BZA Hearing Officer item. Additional information about the Hearing Officer is located in Section 9.14(G) of the Unified Development Ordinance.

Calendar - Complete list of the BZA Meeting dates, times, filing dates, notice deadlines, distribution dates, and report dates.

BZA Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Codes & Ordinances

LIVE Board of Zoning Appeals meetings (when in session)

Please click here to view all archived videos of the BZA Meetings.

Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals documents available for download: