Board of Appeals

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The Board of Appeals hears and decides special exceptions and authorizes variances from the strict application of the terms or requirements of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Additionally, the Board conducts administrative reviews of any final order, requirements, or decision or determination made by any administrative official or department of the City government or the Planning and Historic District Commissions.

Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers

Chair: Carol Rieg; Vice-Chair: Aaron Kotok

Number of Positions: 6

Establishing Legislation: Resolution No. R-23-68

The Board consists of five members and one alternate. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve three year terms; the members may be reappointed. Gaithersburg has had a Board of Appeals since 1933. More information about the Board of Appeals is in Article VII of the City of Gaithersburg Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 24 of the City Code.

Special Exception applications are often reviewed by the Planning Commission at a separate public meeting for a recommendation prior to the Board of Appeals hearing.

Complete applications/petitions for Special Exceptions and Variances are due 34 days prior to each meeting.

Complete applications/petitions for Administrative Reviews are due within 17 days of the date of the action being appealed.