Zoning Board of Appeals


312.744.7091 / Victor.Resa@cityofchicago.org
312.744.8167 / Janine.Klich-Jensen@cityofchicago.org
312.744.9039 / Jeanette.Velazquez2@cityofchicago.org

New! ZBA Applications Online:

Intake Meeting Review (ONLY Required for Designated* Special Uses)  

Effective immediately, a Special Use Intake Meeting/Review will be required prior to filing of specific Designated* Special Use applications: gas stations, drive-thrus and any use that requires compliance with Section 17-9-0117-G (Air Quality Ordinance — click here for adopted ordinance and specific review process requirements). ONLY applicants for one of these Designated Special Uses should contact Nancy Radzevich by emailing nancy.radzevich@cityofchicago.org to schedule an intake meeting

All other applicants may proceed straight to filing. Any questions about the special use and/or variation applications, filing requirements and/or ZBA review process should be directed to the ZBA staff, listed under “Contacts” above.  

Variation Application / Proposed Findings of Fact / EDS & EDS Recertification
Special Use Application / EDS & EDS Recertification

Proposed Findings of Fact for Special Use (select one)

0. Extension Request
1. General
2. Adult Use
3. Business Live/Work Unit
4. Freestanding Facility
5. Freestanding Facility in PMD
6. Incinerator/Resource Recovery Facility
7. Incinerator/Resource Recovery Facility in PMD
8. Liquid Waste Facility
 9. Liquid Waste Facility in PMD
10. Sanitary Landfill Facility
11. Sanitary Landfill Facility in PMD
12. Special Use in PMD

13. Transit-Served Location
14. Transit-Served Location in PMD
15. Waste-Related Use
16. Waste-Related Use in PMD
17. Cannabis Business Establishment
18. Cannabis Business Establishment in PMD

Cannabis Business Establishment supplemental documents: Community Meeting Affidavit (to be attached as Exhibit E to Proposed Findings of Fact) / Cannabis State Application Affidavit / Community Meeting Notice to ZBA Chairman / Community Meeting Notice to Ward Alderman / Community Meeting Written Notice

Appeal Application / Proposed Finding of Fact / EDS & EDS Recertification
ZBA Resolutions - 1982-Present
ZBA Rules of Procedure


The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews land use issues that pertain to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, including proposed variations from the zoning code, special uses that require review to determine compatibility with adjacent properties, and appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator. Established in 1923, the board has five members that are appointed by the Mayor with City Council consent. Staff services are provided by the Zoning Ordinance Administration Division of the Department of Planning and Development.

Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month, usually at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., in City Council Chamber. Meetings held in the Council Chamber, Room 201-A and Room 1003 will be available to watch online via livestream.

Please note that an application is not filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals unless and until Zoning Board of Appeals staff is in receipt of a hard copy application and Zoning Board of Appeals staff has assigned the application an intake number.



  • Brian Sanchez, Chairman
  • Angela Brooks
  • Zurich Esposito
  • Adrian Soto

NOTE: The June 21, 2024 meeting will be an IN-PERSON meeting. Watch online via livestream, however, there will be NO remote participation. Anyone wishing to participate in the meeting must be physically present at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, 2nd Floor, City Council Chambers.

Please also note that testimony forms and exhibits will no longer be accepted via email. All witnesses must be present and physically sign in on the day of the hearing. Any exhibits should be submitted to the Board while the matter is being heard, exhibits should not be submitted prior to the hearing.



  • Profane, vulgar, threatening, abusive, or disruptive language is not permitted. 
  • Demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech directed towards others is not permitted.
  • Disruptive behavior, including disruptive or disrespectful conduct during others' presentations, is not permitted.
  • Banners, flyers, or signage are not permitted. 
  • Sharp objects are not permitted.
  • Attorneys presenting cases before the ZBA may bring larger bags, briefcases, or other containers intended for file storage. Otherwise, backpacks and large bags are not permitted. Clear bags, not tinted in color, that do not exceed 12"x6"xl2", will be permitted. All bags are subject to search.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted to be consumed in the meeting room.
  • Cell phones must be placed on silent prior to entering the meeting room.
  • Individuals must remain seated until their case is called. Public comment speakers are permitted to stand only when providing public comment.
  • Unless otherwise directed, all people whose case is not being currently heard must remain in the gallery.
  • Small handheld devices may be used only while seated and the user must refrain from interfering with the view or hearing of other individuals.

Individuals or groups failing to adhere to these rules will be asked to cease such disruptive conduct and failure to comply will result in their being subject to removal from the meeting.

2024 Meeting Schedule

January 19 Minutes Map Video
February 16 Minutes Map Video
March 15 Minutes Map Video

April 19* Decisions
Map Video
May 17 Decisions Map Video
June 21 Agenda

July 19 
August 16 
September 20 

October 18 
November 15 
December 20 


2023 Meeting Schedule

January 20 Minutes Map Video
February 17 Minutes Map Video
March 17 Minutes Map Video

April 21 Minutes Map Video
May 19 Minutes Map Video
June 16 Minutes Map Video

July 21 Minutes Map Video
August 18 Minutes Map Video
September 15 Minutes Map Video

October 20 Minutes Map Video
November 17 Minutes Map Video
December 15 Minutes Map Video


2022 Meeting Schedule

January 21 Minutes Map Video
February 18 Minutes Map Video
March 18 Minutes Map Video

April 22 Minutes Map Video
May 20 Minutes Map Video
June 17 Minutes Map Video

July 15 Minutes Map Video
August 19 Minutes Map Video
September 16 Minutes Map Video

October 21 Minutes Map Video
November 18 Minutes Map Video
December 16 Minutes Map Video


2021 Meeting Schedule

January 15 Minutes Map Video
February 19 Minutes Map Video
March 19 Minutes Map Video

April 16 Minutes Map Video
May 21 Minutes Map Video
June 18 Minutes Map Video

July 16 Minutes Map Video
August 20 Minutes Map Video
September 17 Minutes Map Video

October 15 Minutes Map Video
November 19 Minutes Map Video
December 17 Minutes Map Video


2020 Meeting Schedule

January 17 Minutes Map
February 21 Minutes Map
March 6 Minutes Map
March 20 Postponed to May 15

April 17 Postponed to May 15
April 24 Postponed to May 15
May 1 Postponed to May 15
May 15 Minutes Map Video

June 5 Minutes Map Video
June 19 Canceled
June 26 Minutes Map Video
July 17 Minutes Map Video
August 21 Minutes Map Video

September 18 Minutes Map Video
October 16 Minutes Map Video
November 20 Minutes Map Video
December 18 Minutes Map Video


2019 Meeting Schedule

January 18 Minutes  Map
February 15 Minutes Map
March 15 Minutes Map
April 19 Minutes Map
May 17 Minutes Map
June 21 Minutes Map
July 19 Minutes Map
August 16 Minutes Map
September 20 Minutes Map
October 18 Minutes Map
November 15 Minutes Map
December 20 Minutes Map


2018 Meeting Schedule

January 19 Minutes Map
February 16 Minutes Map
March 16 Minutes Map
April 27 Minutes Map
May 18 Minutes Map
June 15 Minutes Map
July 20 Minutes Map
August 17 Minutes Map
September 21 Minutes Map
October 19 Minutes Map
November 16 Minutes Map
December 21 Minutes Map


2017 Meeting Schedule

January 20 Minutes Map
February 17 Minutes Map
March 17 Minutes Map
April 21 Minutes Map
May 19 Minutes Map
June 16 Minutes Map
July 21 Minutes Map
August 18 Minutes Map
September 15 Minutes Map
October 20 Minutes Map
November 17 Minutes Map
December 15 Minutes Map


2016 Meeting Schedule

January 15 Minutes Map
February 19 Minutes Map
March 18 Minutes Map
April 15 Minutes Map
May 20 Minutes Map
June 17 Minutes Map
July 15 Minutes Map
August 19 Minutes Map
September 16 Minutes Map
October 21 Minutes Map
November 18 Minutes Map
December 16 Minutes Map


2015 Meeting Schedule

January 16 Minutes Map
February 20 Minutes Map
March 20 Minutes Map
April 17 Minutes Map
May 15 Minutes Map
May 28 Minutes Map
June 19 Minutes Map
July 17 Minutes Map
August 21 Minutes Map
September 18 Minutes Map
October 16 Minutes Map
November 20 Minutes Map
December 18 Minutes Map


2014 Meeting Schedule

January 17 Decisions
February 21 Decisions
March 21 Decisions
April 25 Decisions
May 16 Decisions
June 20 Decisions
July 18 Minutes
August 15 Minutes
August 26 Minutes
September 19 Minutes
October 17 Minutes
November 21 Minutes
December 19 Minutes Map


2013 Meeting Schedule

January 18 Decisions
February 15 Decisions
March 15 Decisions
April 19 Decisions
May 17 Decisions
June 21 Decisions
July 19 Decisions
August 16 Decisions
September 20 Decisions
October 18 Decisions
November 15 Decisions
December 20 Decisions


2012 Meeting Schedule

January 20 Agenda
February 17 Agenda
March 16  Agenda
April 20 Decisions
May 18 Decisions
June 15 Decisions
July 20 Decisions
August 17 Decisions
September 21 Decisions
October 19 Decisions
November 16 Decisions
December 21 Decisions


2011 Meeting Schedule

January 21 Agenda
February 18 Agenda
March 18 Agenda
April 15 Agenda
May 20 Agenda
June 17 Agenda
July 15 Agenda
August 19 Agenda
September 16 Agenda
October 21 Agenda
November 18 Agenda
December 16 Agenda


2010 Meeting Schedule

January 15 Agenda
February 19 Agenda
March 19 Agenda
April 16 Agenda
May 21 Agenda
June 18 Agenda
July 16 Agenda
August 20 Agenda
September 17 Agenda
October 15 Agenda
November 19 Agenda
December 17 Agenda


2009 Meeting Schedule

January 16 Agenda
February 20 Agenda
March 20 Agenda
April 17 Agenda
May 15 Agenda
June 19 Agenda
July 17 Agenda
August 21 Agenda
September 18 Agenda
October 16 Agenda
November 20 Agenda
December 18 Agenda