Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Board of Zoning Appeals meeting schedules and format have changed.

All meeting dates and times are tentative until an agenda is posted.
     • Hearing dates, filing deadlines, and agenda can be viewed below. Audio and recordings are available on the BZA Meeting Materials page.
     • At this time, all confirmed meetings will convene virtually. Learn how to view and participate below.

The Arlington County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has powers, duties, and procedures as set forth in broad terms in the Code of Virginia and in the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance, including:

  • Hearing and deciding upon applications for Use Permits for modifications to the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance regulating the placement of buildings and structures on single-family residential lots
  • Hearing and deciding upon applications for Variances for relief from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance regulating placement, bulk, height, and coverage of buildings and structures
  • Hearing and deciding on applications to allow construction on lots which do not conform to the minimum required dimensional standards of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Hearing and deciding appeals of administrative decisions of the Zoning Administrator made pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance

Information about applications, submission requirements, and review processes are available:

It is recommended to request a pre-application meeting with the BZA Coordinator ahead of submitting your application to discuss the review process and specifics to your case.

Public Hearings and Filing Dates

The BZA holds monthly public hearings to perform its appointed duties and conduct any other business as necessary. Any matter before the BZA for review must be duly advertised in accordance with the Code of Virginia. All application materials must be accepted as complete, with all associated fees paid, at least two months prior to the specific BZA hearing at which an applicant wishes to be heard. Any incomplete applications (including those with an outstanding fee) will be processed for the next available BZA hearing.

Staff highly recommends that all applicants (especially those that have questions about their application, and/or those that have not previously submitted a BZA application) contact the BZA Coordinator to set up a pre-application meeting to discuss their request prior to submitting their application. 

2022 Hearing Dates

Links to available application materials for individual cases is available through the meeting agenda. 

January 12, 2022 

Hearing Agenda & Application Materials

January 19, 2022 (BZA work session for administrative matters; no requests for BZA use permits, variances, and/or appeals are planned to be heard on this date).

Work Session Agenda  

February 9, 2022

March 9, 2022

March 16, 2022 (Potential carryover date for the March 16, 2022 hearing)

April 13, 2022

May 11, 2022

June 8, 2022

July 13, 2022

September 14, 2022

October 12, 2022

November 9, 2022

December 14, 2022

NOTE: The BZA will take a recess in August 2022 – no public hearing.   

Past Meeting Minutes, Audio & Materials

How to View and Participate in a Virtual BZA Hearing

At this time, all BZA public hearings are held through electronic communication means in compliance with the Code of Virginia and Arlington County’s Continuity of Operations Ordinance. Meetings are open to virtual attendance by the public and closed to in-person attendance.

  • Board members, staff, applicants, and public testimony will be hosted by teleconference/ videoconference via Microsoft Teams. Participants will receive an email with further instruction.
  • A recording of the meeting will be posted to the County website within two business days after the meeting.

The public can participate by sharing live verbal testimony or written comments in advance:

  • Sign-up online to speak during the public hearing by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing.
    • In-person registration will not be available.
    • Registered speakers will receive an email with further instruction.
    • Speakers will join the meeting via Microsoft Teams (accessible through a web browser or the free app) or via a phone line to provide their comments.
    • To register by phone, contact the Board of Zoning Appeals Coordinator at 703-228-3562 by 12:00 p.m. the day of the hearing.
  • Submit written comments online to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Comments received by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing will be provided to the BZA in advance of the public hearing by the BZA Coordinator.

To request translation services or reasonable accommodations, or for other questions, contact the BZA Coordinator, Blake Bowen: BBowen@arlingtonva.us703-228-0798.

BZA Members

The BZA is a quasi-judicial body consisting of 5 members appointed by the Circuit Court for staggered terms of 5 years. All members of the BZA are private citizens and must be residents of Arlington County. Board members are not County employees and are not available to discuss matters that come before them with the public outside of their regularly scheduled BZA meetings.

BZA Member Term End Date
Paul Melnick March 7, 2022
Judy Freshman March 7, 2023
Inta Malis, Chair March 7, 2024
Portia Clark March 7, 2025
Lyndsey Arthurs March 7, 2026