Board of Adjustment

The Raleigh Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body that conducts evidentiary hearings on requests for variances, special use permits, and appeals from administrative decisions regarding the City’s zoning ordinances. Its decisions are final and may be appealed to the superior court by writ of certiorari. The Board consists of eight members: four regular members and two alternate members are appointed to two-year terms by the City Council and must reside within the City limits; one regular member and one alternate are appointed by Wake County Commissioners and must reside within the City's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

All Variance and Special Use Permit (SUP) applications must be submitted electronically through the Permit and Development Portal. All other applications can be found below.





January 10 Meeting Update

The January 10, 2022 meeting of the Raleigh Board of Adjustment will be a remote meeting conducted by electronic means. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. You can view the agenda and obtain additional information regarding the cases scheduled for the evidentiary hearing at the January 10 meeting.

The General Assembly has approved the use of remote meetings, including remote quasi-judicial hearings, during the statewide COVID-19 state of emergency pursuant to Session Law 2021-2, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 166A-19.24. The remote meetings of the City Council and the City Boards will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of that statute.

View Agenda and Meeting Information

How to Watch the Meeting

The January 10 Board of Adjustment meeting will be broadcast and available for viewing by the public via the following methods: 

The January 10 Board of Adjustment meeting can also be listened to by telephone. For instructions on how to listen by phone, please contact Keegan McDonald via email or by phone at 919-996-4630.

How to Participate in an Evidentiary Hearing at the Meeting

All individuals (including but not limited to all attorneys, applicants, property owners, witnesses, and neighbors) must sign-up in advance to participate in an evidentiary hearing at the January 10 meeting. To participate you must sign-up in no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5. Individuals who sign-up to participate in an evidentiary hearing will receive an email with additional instructions and information upon sign-up.

COVID-19 Update

The State of North Carolina, Wake County, and the City of Raleigh have all declared States of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cooper has also imposed Executive Orders which are intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by, among other things, requiring individuals to remain in their homes except when engaging in certain activities and prohibiting any gatherings which do not comply with their terms.

The various in-person meetings and hearings regularly held by the Raleigh City Council, as well as the multiple City appointed boards and commissions (collectively “City Boards”), generally involve the physical attendance of the Council or City Board members, who in turn encourage physical public participation and input during those meetings. It is not uncommon for meetings to have a large attendance which could make compliance with the Executive Orders and currently recommended social distancing practices impossible. 

About the Board of Adjustment

Current Agenda - January 10, 2022

Typically the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m.
Filing Calendar

The Board of Adjustment meeting will be a remote meeting held by electronic means.

Agendas and Meeting Minutes:
View agendas and minutes on BoardDocs

City Staff Liaisons: 

Eric Hodge, Zoning Administration,
Justin Bucher, Zoning Administration,

Board of Adjustment Members

Michael Rainey
Serving: 1st Term,
1/5/22 - 1/4/24

City Alternate

Catherine Hill
Associate City Attorney
Counsel to the Board

Cathy Rudisill
Serving: 2nd Term,
Donald Mial
Serving: 3rd Term,
9/18/21 - 9/17/23
Rodney R. Swink
Serving: 2nd Term,
11/20/21 - 11/19/23
John Koonce
Serving: 2nd Term,
1/8/22 - 1/7/24
Stephen A. Kenney
City Alternate
Serving: 2nd Term,
1/22/22 - 1/21/24
Marvin T. Butler
County Alternate
Serving: 2nd Term,
10/7/21 - 10/6/23

Label Creator - to help create labels for those applicants who are required to provide stamped addressed envelopes.

Interested in Serving?

If you would like to be considered for service on the Board of Adjustment, please complete the online interest form.

Minutes Archive

We moved to BoardDocs in April 2018. View agendas and minutes from April 2018 to present there. 

Download zip file: Minutes 2002 - 2018

Member Directory