Meetings of the Board of Adjustment shall be held at the call of its chair-man, and at such other times as the Board of Adjustment may determine;
City Hall Council Chambers
1025 Campbell Road
Houston, Texas 77055
Members of the Board of Adjustment, and alternate Board members, are appointed by the City Council and serve on the Board for 2 years. They may be reappointed for additional terms of service.
Board Duties & Powers
The Board of Adjustment conducts hearings and functions somewhat like a court of appeals. For example, if a citizen feels that literal interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance in their particular set of circumstances would result in unnecessary hardship, then the Board may be authorized to act to grant a variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance, so long as the Board determines that the variance is not contrary to the public interest; that there are special conditions applicable to the property, and it concludes that the spirit of the ordinance is observed and substantial justice is done. The burden of proof of the hardship rests with the individual, and a purely economic "hardship" alone is insufficient. A citizen also has a right to appeal to the Board if the citizen believes that a City official has interpreted the Zoning Ordinance erroneously.