Zoning Board of Appeals

City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, New York 14614
Tel: (585) 428-7364

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PLEASE NOTE that the interactive story map below contains all of the information that was on the previous Zoning Board page. You can still view the staff report and decision for each case by clicking on a point on the map. Current month's cases are depicted by a blue star, and previous months' cases are depicted by a red circle. You can also enter a specific address in the search bar and the map will bring you to that address. Specific case information goes back to November 2017.  Prior year information can still be accessed via the pdfs listed below.

About the Zoning Board

Boards and commissions afford citizens the opportunity to participate in governance and decision making at all levels of government. This seven member citizen board hears requests for Variances to the City’s Zoning Code, and Administrative Appeals of decisions made by the Manager of Zoning.

The Zoning Board’s authority and procedures are established by law in Sections 120-186 and 120-195 of the City Code. Applications must be reviewed in accordance with specific standards in the City Code, and a Decision and written findings are made for each application.

Public hearings are held mornings in City Council Chambers, Room 302A, City Hall at 9:30 AM, and staff support is provided by the Division of Zoning. See below for specific schedule times, application deadlines, agendas, and hearing information.

For information, an appointment, application forms, or to request sign language interpreter service at the hearing, please contact Matthew Simonis at (585) 428-6637 or Matthew.Simonis@cityofrochester.gov.  

Applications must be complete to be accepted, and instructions and fees are specified on each application form.  Please note that all applications must be submitted by appointment only, or by other specific arrangement.

Zoning Board Membership

Zoning Board members are selected by the Mayor, are confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay or compensation. Board members must be City residents and serve for a term of 2 years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. The Board must contain at least one member residing in each City Council district.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, please contact Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email Josanne.Reaves@cityofrochester.gov

Current Board Members 

Mimi Freund Tilton, Chair                 East District     Patrick O'Neill (Northwest District)
Joseph O'Donnell, Vice Chair Northeast District Laurene Jennings (East District)
David Carr     Northeast District  
James Best Northwest District  
LaShana Boose Northwest District  
Tyrese Bryant South District  
Kenneth Joyner South District  
Johanna Brennan (City Staff) City of Rochester Law Department  
Matthew Simonis (City Staff) City of Rochester, Sr. Zoning Analyst    
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) Manager of Zoning  

Public Hearing Schedule - 2018

Public Hearing Application Deadline Agendas Grids
January 25, 2018 December 18, 2017 Agenda Grid  
February 22, 2018 January 22, 2018 Agenda Grid
March 22, 2018 February 20, 2018 Agenda  Grid 
April 19, 2018 March 19, 2018 Agenda Grid
May 17, 2018  April 16, 2018 Agenda Grid  
June 21, 2018 May 14, 2018 Agenda Grid
July 26, 2018 June 18, 2018 Agenda Grid
August 23, 2018 July 23, 2018 Agenda Grid
September 20, 2018 August 20, 2018 Agenda   Grid  
October 18, 2018 September 17, 2018 Agenda  Grid
November 14, 2018 (Wednesday) October 15, 2018 Agenda   Grid
December 20, 2018 November 9, 2018   Agenda     Grid 

Public Hearing Schedule - 2019

Public Hearing  Application Deadline Agendas Grids
January 24, 2019 December 17, 2018   Agenda  Grid
February 21, 2019 January 21, 2019   Agenda  Grid
March 21, 2019 February 19, 2019   Agenda  Grid
April 18, 2019 March 18, 2019   Agenda  Grid
May 15, 2019 (Wednesday) April 15, 2019   Agenda  Grid
June 20, 2019 May 20, 2019   Agenda  Grid
July 25, 2019 June 24, 2019   Agenda  Grid
August 22, 2019 July 22, 2019   Agenda  Grid
September 19, 2019 August 19, 2019   Agenda  Grid
October 17, 2019 September 16, 2019   Agenda  Grid
November 21, 2019 October 21, 2019   Agenda  Grid
December 19, 2019 November 18, 2019   Agenda      Grid 


Zoning Board of Appeals Interactive Map 


Current Month Cases Previous Cases Greensquare for held cases Held Cases

Please click on each point for more case information. For mobile devices or to view larger, try full screen view.


 2017 Agendas and Decision Grids  

2016 Agendas and Decision Grids

2015 Agendas and Decision Grids

2014 Agendas and Decision Grids 

2013 Agendas and Decision Grids

2012 Agendas and Decision Grids

2011 Agendas and Decision Grids

2010 Agendas and Decision Grids

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