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

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Winchester Hall unless otherwise noted on the filing deadlines or by the Chair.

Members of the public wishing to provide public comment will have the option of attending in person or calling into the Public Input system.

Agendas are subject to change prior to and during a Board of Appeals (BOA) meeting date. Contact the Planning and Permitting Division for more information.

2024 Board of Appeals Submission Dates, Site Visit Deadlines, Hearing Dates & Reserved Date


Thursday, January 25, 2024
7:00 pm
First Floor Hearing Room
Winchester Hall, 12 East Church St., Frederick MD

Meeting Agendas

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Staff Reports

The Staff Reports for the current meeting are linked from the agenda.  For prior meetings, the staff reports are listed individually in chronological order.
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Meeting Summaries

Meeting Summaries are not official minutes. They are descriptions of results for cases case heard at associated BOA meetings.
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Public Comment

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Board of Appeals Members

Andrew Brown, Chair
Shannon Bohrer, Vice-Chair
Dan Lawton, Secretary
John Greenwell, Member
Jack Felton, Member
Dwaine Robbins, Alternate

Bylaws for the Frederick County Board of Appeals

Board of Appeals - Sign Posting Affidavit

Board of Appeals - Public Notice / Hearing Sign Requirements

Frederick County Zoning Page

2024 Filing Deadlines / Meeting Schedule