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Board of Appeals

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While some facilities are open for walk-in service and several recreational facilities have reopened and select programming has resumed as of July 6, public meetings continue to be held virtually by teleconference online and by phone. Click here for more information.

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 & Historic District Commissions.

The Board consists of five members & one alternate. Members are appointed by the Mayor & 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.