Zoning Board of Adjustment
Originally the "Board of Adjustment," the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) was formed in 1959 to hear and decide requests for special exceptions, authorize any variances from the Zoning Ordinance, and to hear and decide appeals where there is believed to be an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the zoning officer.
The ZBA normally holds a hearing once a month, on the fourth Monday of the month.
Hearings are held in the City Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall beginning at 5 p.m. A pre-meeting will take place typically 30 minutes before the meeting begins.
The ZBA consists of five residents of the city appointed by the City Council. In addition to the five regular members, two supernumerary members are appointed to serve at the call of the chairman in the absence of regular members. Their term of office is three years.
|Robert Ennis, Chairman||Lester Edwards (Supernumerary)|
|Robert E. Steward, Jr., Vice-Chairman||Sharon S. Bradford (Supernumerary)|
|Paul Rollins, Jr.|
July 11, 2017, the Tuscaloosa City Council voted to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow short-term rentals (AirBNB, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.) to operate legally within two Tourist Overlay Districts (TO Districts) in the City of Tuscaloosa.
The TO Lake District requires the use to be approved by special exception. The zoning board of adjustment may, as a special exception subject to the primary and discretionary warrants for the use as outlined in Sec. 24-91, approve the short-term rental of a dwelling. The application to the zoning board of adjustment shall be accompanied by a letter from the Home Owner Association stating that the short-term rental of a dwelling is allowed. Approvals will be granted for a period of five years unless otherwise specified by the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a shorter period.
The TO Downtown Campus District requires properties part of locally-designated historic districts to have the use approved by special exception. The zoning board of adjustment may, as a special exception subject to the primary and discretionary warrants for the use as outlined in Sec. 24-91, approve the short term rental of a dwelling subject to the following:
- Short-term rentals in each locally designated historic district will be limited to a 10 percent cap of the total number of residentially-used properties per district.
- Approvals will be granted for a period of five years unless otherwise specified by the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a shorter period.
Please see the Short-Term Rentals page for more information.
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ZBA Rules for Transaction of Business
(updated February 27, 2017)