Virtual Hearings

BMZA Rule Resolution 2020-001: Virtual Public Hearings, May 5, 2020

"HEREINAFTER, public hearings of the Board of Municipal & Zoning Appeals will be conducted using an appropriate web-based platform at the scheduling and the discretion of the Director with the express purpose of providing a forum for public hearings while maintaining due process standards in accordance with state and local law. Public hearings will include web-based participation and a telephone access call-in feature so that participants and the general public may fully observe and fully participate in the public hearing in full compliance with the Open Meetings Act, and all state and local laws. Board members, participants, and all interested persons who attend the virtual hearing by web platform or by telephone will be deemed physically present for all purposes under the law. Board members, participants, and all interested persons who attend the virtual hearing by web platform or by telephone will be deemed as appearing "in person" for all purposes under the law. Notice of virtual hearings will continue to be provided sufficient under current law. This resolution is effective immediately and with continue in full force and effect until 30 days after the rescinding of any state of emergency."

BMZA Rule Resolution 2020-002: 10-day callback (reconsideration), May 5, 2020

"HEREINAFTER, for the purpose of providing a procedural safeguard to ensure due process of law and to mitigate any public access impediments to attending virtual BMZA public hearings, the Director has proposed the implementation of a 10-day call-back period in which any member of the general public having legal standing to challenge the authorization or denial of a zoning appeal may make written request to the Board within 10 calendar days after a public hearing. Requests under this rule are limited to procedural challenges of the procedures utilized during public virtual hearings. Requests under this rule are limited to members of the public who were unable to attend a virtual hearing due to technical inability or unavailability or lack of notice. Requests will be reviewed within 5 calendar days and will automatically trigger BMZA Rule G, Reconsideration and Clarification."

Public Virtual Hearings (web-based and call-in features available)

12:30 - 1:00pm (general public meeting)
1:00pm - 5:00pm (zoning appeal hearings)

Written testimony may be sent in advance of the hearing to: [email protected]

Steps to Participate in September 22, 2020 Public Hearing

  1. Click here or call +1 (408) 418-9388
    Event number (access code): 173 304 9343
    Click "Join"
     
  2. Download "app" (application) or use through browser
    Accept Terms of Service
     
  3. If you wish to testify, provide your name with BMZA Case Number (e.g. BMZA2020-0001) in first name block and email address. If you do not wish to testify, you may provide anonymous information for name and email address to observe the proceedings.

    Choose audio, video, or both (either "allow" following the prompts, or choose to activate from tool bar at bottom of screen by clicking on the microphone and video tabs)

    Click "join"
     
  4. Enter password: BMZA

    Please call (410) 396-4301 with any questions for access issues or to inquire further how to participate in public hearings of the Baltimore City Board of Municipal & Zoning Appeals.

Zoning Appeals

BMZA is now accepting applications for new zoning appeals. To file a new zoning appeal, please follow these steps:

(1) Register and file for a permit through Baltimore City e-permits at https://dhcd.baltimorecity.gov/pi/e-permits

If zoning relief is required, you will be directed to file a zoning appeal with BMZA via epermits messageboard

(2) Complete a zoning appeal form (https://zoning.baltimorecity.gov, see application link on left)

Make sure to include both a valid email address and phone number and provide a written statement as to the relief required or the purpose of your appeal

(3) Prepare or have prepared a full site plan of the property (if a site plan of your property is not available, provide a brief explanation as to why a site plan cannot be provided or is not necessary for your appeal)
 
(4) Prepare or have prepared a full floor plan of the property (if a floor plan of your property is unavailable, provide a brief explanation as to why a site plan can not be provided or is not necessary for your appeal)
 
(5) Place all documents in drop-box located at Zoning Administration, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 147, Baltimore, MD 21202 (by front door)

  1. zoning appeal form
  2. site plan
  3. floor plan
  4. payment of fees 

(6) Once reviewed and accepted, BMZA will contact you by email with a public posting notice and the date for your hearing

Note: If materials submitted are not sufficient for processing, you will be required to cure any deficiencies prior your hearing.
 
Questions regarding the filing of appeal including fees? Please contact Zoning Administration at (410) 396-4126.
Questions regarding a previously or currently scheduled zoning appeal? Please contact BMZA at (410) 396-4301.
 
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this state of emergency. Please continue to practice social distancing and all other measures directed by public health officials.