Zoning Board of Appeals

About the Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews all applications seeking relief from what is required by the Unified Development Ordinance. 

Information for applicants to the Zoning Board of Appeals, produced by the New York State Department of State, can be found here. 

More detailed information from the New York State Department of State regarding variances can be found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals Public Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Zoning Board meeting will be held via Videoconferencing. Anyone who wishes to attend may do so via WebEx videoconferencing here.

Join online at www.webex.com

  • Meeting number: 173 483 5643
  • Password: PublicComment

Join by phone

  • +1-415-655-0001 US Toll
  • Access code: 173 483 5643

Public comments regarding an application to the Zoning Board may be submitted in writing (via email at jfell@city-buffalo.com or by hard copy document mailed to the Zoning Board, 920 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202) or at the public meeting by attending online or calling into the videoconference by telephone. Written public comments are required to be submitted and received at least 24 hours prior to the meeting start time. Written comments are strongly encouraged.

2023 Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Schedule and Submittal Deadlines


  • Reverend James Lewis, Chair
  • Thomas Dearing
  • James Hornung Jr. 
  • Janice McKinnie
  • Bernice Radle