The Division of Planning and Permitting

The Board of Zoning Appeals

The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals (BOA) was established in conjunction with the original Zoning Ordinance in 1959. The County Council appoints the 5 members and 1 alternate who serve 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

Current members of the Board of Appeals are Kenneth Farrell (Chair), Andrew Brown (Vice-Chair), Robert Neale (Secretary), Dan Lawton, Shannon Bohrer, Gerald Ziemba (Alternate).

Bylaws for the Frederick County Board of Appeals

Board of Appeals - Sign Posting Affidavit

Board of Appeals - Public Notice/Hearing Sign Requirements

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  1. Zoning Administration
    30 N. Market St.
    Frederick, MD 21701

    Ph: 301-600-2572
    Fx: 301-600-2327

    Tolson DeSa
    Zoning Administrator
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