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ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

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Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Zoning Adjustments Board

The Zoning Adjustments Board (Per BMC Section 23B.04.020.B) shall have power to:

  1. Grant, deny, add conditions of approval or modify applications for Use Permits and Variances;
  2. Hear appeals of decisions to the Zoning Officer with respect to Administrative Use Permits and other matters, as authorized by the Zoning Ordinance;
  3. Review, modify or revoke previously issued Use Permits and Variances;
  4. Undertake other proceedings to enforce the Zoning Ordinance, including abatement of public nuisances;
  5. Refer matters within its jurisdiction to a mediation or conflict resolution service, as set forth herein, prior to final action on them;
  6. Upon request, make recommendations on other matters brought to its attention by the Council, the Planning Commission or any other City Board or Commission; and     
  7. Adopt written regulations not inconsistent with the Zoning Ordinance for the administration of future Zoning. Such regulations shall be available to the public.

 2021 Meeting Schedule:

*Unless otherwise noted in the agenda, all meetings start at 7:00 pm.09-09-2021

Meeting Date &  

Meeting Minutes (posted after approved by the ZAB):

Video of Meeting:


Meeting Date &

 Meeting Minutes (posted after approved by the ZAB):

Video of Meeting:








01-28-2021  01-28-2021  01-28-2021   07-08-2021 07-08-2021 07-08-2021
02-11-2021   07-22-2021 07-22-2021 07-22-2021
02-25-2021 02-25-2021 02-25-2021   08-26-2021 08-26-2021 08-26-2021
03-11-2021  03-11-2021 03-11-2021   09-09-2021 09-09-2021 09-09-2021
03-25-2021 03-25-2021  03-25-2021   09-23-2021 09-23-2021 09-23-2021
04-08-2021  04-08-2021  04-08-2021   10-14-2021 10-14-2021 10-14-2021
04-22-2021  04-22-2021 04-22-2021   10-28-2021 10-28-2021 10-28-2021
05-13-2021 05-13-2021 05-13-2021   November- no meeting    
05-27-2021 05-27-2021 05-27-2021   12-09-2021    
06-10-2021 06-10-2021 06-10-2021        




 Agendas & Minutes are presented in PDF format. To view PDF files, download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Please see the Live Webcast Page for a current schedule of upcoming meetings that you may watch, LIVE, in your web browser.  

Agendas and Minutes 2000-2019: Previous Years

Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions or committees are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website.  Please note: e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record.  If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service or in person to the secretary of the relevant board, commission or committee.  If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication.  Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information.

The Secretary of the commission is responsible for relaying all communications from the public related to projects before the ZAB to the members of the Board. These communications will also be made available as part of the agendas. The Secretary’s contact information is listed below. Contact information for ZAB members is available from the City Clerk: clerk@cityofberkeley.info.



Zoning Adjustment Board Secretary
Land Use Planning Division
(510) 981-7410
E-mail: ZAB@cityofberkeley.info

Mailing Address:
Zoning Adjustments Board
Land Use Planning Division
1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA  94704


Enabling Legislation:
BMC Chapter 23B.04

Additional Information:
Commission Vacancies
Citizen's Guide to the Zoning Adjustments Board 
Fair Procedures (Ex Parte) in Land Use Quasi-Judicial Public Hearings - Resolution No. 62,571-N.S. (PDF, 417 KB) 
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