Board of Zoning Appeals


The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board charged with the responsibility of considering requests for variances from a specific requirement of the City’s zoning ordinance. The BZA also hears appeals of petitioners seeking review of a decision made by the Zoning and Codes Administrator. The Board is also empowered to review and approve/disapprove requests for special exceptions. (Special exceptions are uses allowed in specified zoning districts upon determination by the BZA that the proposed location is appropriate.  The BZA may impose additional conditions on the special exception if necessary.)

Meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month provided there are agenda requests.  Requests to appear in front of this board can be made using the appropriate forms linked above. Meeting dates and deadlines for submission to the BZA can be found on the meeting calendar.

The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. The current members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are:

  • Eric Breazel

  • Ray Brown

  • Marvin Dixon

  • Charlie Kernaghan

  • Elaine Richardson

  • Jonathan Silkworth

  • Mindy Spearman


Meeting calendar and application deadlines for 2017


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC:  Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals regarding matters related to an application.  Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided.  If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter.  Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BZA regarding a specific case will be allowed to do so during the public input session.