Zoning Board of Appeals

Regular Meetings

  •  First Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted)
  •  6:30 p.m.
  • Room 110
  • City Hall
    105 Jay Street
    Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Meeting day and location is subject to change.  Check posted agendas for most current information.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are posted approximately 1 week before each meeting. Minutes are posted once they are approved at the next meeting, usually about 5 weeks.  If you would like to review minutes before they are approved, please contact City staff to request a copy of the draft minutes, (518) 382-5147.

 Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Agendas and Minutes.


The Schenectady Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a seven member citizen board appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Board of Zoning Appeals is granted two appellate functions: the review of applications for use and area variances, and the power to render interpretations of the zoning regulations. The BZA has the authority to review the following:

  • Area Variances: requests for dimensional relief from existing regulations relating to building setbacks, building heights, etc.
  • Use Variances: requests for relief from existing regulations to allow for uses not permitted by current zoning.
  • Interpretations: requests for interpretation of the regulations in the zoning ordinance made by the City’s Zoning / Code Officer.


  • James Gleason, Chair
  • David Connelly, Vice Chair
  • Fred Clark
  • Mary D'Alessandro-Gilmore
  • Brendan Keller
  • Helene Lester