Board of Appeals Background

The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals was established in conjunction with the original Zoning Ordinance in 1959.The Board of County Commissioners normally appoints 5 members and 1 alternate member of the Board to staggered 3-year terms.The Board adopts its own administrative procedures and has the following powers:
  • To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To hear and decide special exceptions authorized in the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To authorize, upon appeal in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the 4th Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted on the filing deadlines or by the chair. Volunteers for the Board membership should apply in writing to the Office of the County Executive.  For more information, contact Joyce Grossnickle, Administrative Officer, 301-600-1102 or email FCG Boards.