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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 (See Section 23.402.070.C (Administrative Responsibility) of the Zoning Ordinance:

  1. Serves as the review authority on applications as shown in Table 23.402-1: Review and Decision-Making Authority;
  2. Hears appeals on decisions in accordance with Chapter 23.410-Appeals and Certifications;
  3. Modifies previously approved Use Permits and Variances in accordance with Section 23.404.070-Permit Midifications;
  4. Revokes Use Permits and Variances in accordance with Section 23.404.080-Permit Revocation;
  5. Recommends actions to enforce the zoning ordinance, including to abate a public nuisance in accordance with Chapter 23.414-Nuisance Abatement;
  6. Refers persons to a conflict resolution or mediation service in accordance with Section 23.404.050.K (Use of Conflict Resolution and Mediation Service);
  7. Makes recommendations on other matters as requested by the City Council, Planning Commission, or any other City Board or Commission; and
  8. Adopts administrative regulations and procedures for the administration of the Zoning Ordinance.

 2022 Meeting Schedule:

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

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:





Zoning Ordinance Revision Project (ZORP)



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 2000-2021: 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 23.402.070 (Administrative Responsibility)

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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