Board of Adjustment

Board of Adjustment

The Covington Board of Adjustment is a five (5) member appointed board.  The duty of the Board of Adjustment is:

1.  Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the city's zoning ordinance; and
2.  To hear and decide all matters referred to it upon which it is required to pass under the ordinance.
3.  In passing upon appeals, where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the ordinance, the Board of Adjustment may vary or modify the application of any of the regulations or provisions of the ordinance relating to the use, construction or the alteration of buildings or structures or the use of land so that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done.

Board of Adjustment appeal process.

* Appeals to the Board of Adjustment may be taken by any person aggrieved, or by any officer, department, board, or bureau of the municipality affected by any decision of the administrative officer.  Appeals shall be taken within a reasonable time, as provided by the rules of the Board, by filing with the officer from whom the appeal is taken, and with the Board of Adjustment a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof.  The officer from whom the appeal is taken shall forthwith transmit to the Board all the papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from was taken, after all transcript costs and all other costs of appeal are paid by the person or entity taking the appeal, the appellant.
* An appeal stays all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from, unless the officer from whom the appeal is taken certifies to the Board of Adjustment after the notice of appeal shall have been filed with him, that by reason of facts stated in the certificate, a stay would, in his/her opinion, cause imminent peril of life or property.  In such case proceedings shall not be stayed otherwise than by a restraining order that may be granted by the Board of Adjustment or by a court of record on application or notice tot he officer from whom the appeal is taken and on due cause shown.
*The Board of Adjustment shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of the appeal, give public notice thereof, as well as due notice to the interested parties, and decide the appeal within a reasonable time.  Upon the hearing any party may appear in person or by agent or by attorney.
*After reviewing all documents and hearing testimony, the Board may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision, or determination as ought to be make, and to that end shall have all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken.
*The concurring vote of majority of the members of the Board present and voting shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision, or determination of any administrative official, or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter upon which it is required to pass under any ordinance, or to effect any variation in the ordinance.

Board Members:
Ms. Jan Butler                                        Vice-Chairperson
Ms. Hattie Brown
Mr. Edmond D'Hemecourt
Mr. Joseph Cunningham
Mr. Tom Huval


Email:  BOA@covla.com