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Board of Zoning Appeals

The City of Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has the authority to hear administrative reviews, variances and special exceptions.

Administrative Review

The Board can hear and decide appeals where it is alleged the Zoning Administrator erred in an order, requirement, decision or determination. In such cases, the Board may reverse or affirm, wholly or in part, the Zoning Administrator's actions. The Board has all the powers of the Zoning Administrator in such cases and may direct the issuance of a permit.


The Board has the power to hear and decide appeals for variances when strict application of the City of Anderson Zoning Ordinance would cause an unnecessary hardship. The Board may grant a variance for an unnecessary hardship if it makes and explains in writing all of the following findings:

Special Exceptions

The Board of Zoning Appeals can permit uses by Special Exception if the terms and conditions described in the Zoning Ordinance are met. The Zoning Ordinance must include the standards and conditions for the Board to follow when considering such appeals.

To schedule a hearing with the Board of Zoning Appeals

For more information about the Board of Zoning Appeals, or for assistance in completing the application process, please call the City of Anderson Planning Department at (864) 231-2222.

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