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Board of Adjustment
Meetings
  • 2:00 PM
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month*
  • City Council Chambers
    125 N. Main
    Memphis, TN 38103

*The Board meets the third Wednesday of November and December each year.

There are No vacancies at this time.

You can view Board of Adjustment meetings on the Memphis City Council website
here.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 
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Staff Reports
Click here to view the staff reports for the most recent Board of Adjustment cases. 


Application Form
Click here to download the fee schedule and application form for the Board of Adjustment.


Function & Authority
The Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment hears five types of requests:

  1. variances from specific provisions of the Unified Development Code (the "UDC," which serves as the zoning code and subdivision regulations for the City of Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County) when exceptional circumstances and practical difficulties or undue hardships are demonstrated by the applicant;
  2. conditional use permits for a select number of uses articulated in Article 2 of the UDC;
  3. appeals of staff interpretation and administration of the UDC;
  4. extensions of zoning district boundaries by no more than 25 feet (based on official zoning atlas); and
  5. nonconforming use permits for grandfathered uses that are changing from a more intensive use to a less intensive use, per Sub-Section 10.2.5B of the UDC.

You can download the UDC here.

Established in 1925 by a Private Act passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, the Board of Adjustment is both the oldest appointed governmental body in Memphis and Shelby County and the oldest administrative zoning board in the State of Tennessee. 

Rules of Procedure
Click here to download the Rules of Procedure for the Board of Adjustment.

Members
The Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment is composed of eight members, each of whom serve three-year terms (click on the member's name to send an email):

Board of Adjustment Staff
Since July of 2001, the Board of Adjustment has been staffed by the Land Use Controls Section of the Office of Planning and Development.  Names and contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.   


Board Chairmen
City Board of Adjustment, 1925-1970
Wassell Randolph                             
E.B. Klewer                                      
David N. Harsh                                  
John M. McGregor           
Perry Pipkin            


Jack Bland
John S. Palmer

 
Roane Waring, Jr.
James B. Adams

Dates of Chairmanship
July 16, 1925 - July 13, 1928
July 13, 1928 - May 27, 1936
May 27, 1936 - Dec. 20, 1954
Dec. 20, 1954 - Feb. 28, 1962
Feb. 28, 1962 - Feb. 27, 1963
Feb. 24, 1965 - Feb. 23, 1966
Feb. 12, 1968 - Feb. 26, 1969
Feb. 27, 1963 - Feb. 26, 1964
Feb. 26, 1964 - Feb. 24, 1965
Feb. 22, 1967 - Feb. 12, 1968
Feb. 25, 1970 - June 25, 1970
Feb. 23, 1966 - Feb. 22, 1967
Feb. 26, 1969 - Feb. 25, 1970

County Board of Adjustment, 1931-1970
E.B. Klewer
David N. Harsh
Walter M. Simmons
Charles L. Heckle
Dates of Chairmanship
Sept. 24, 1931 - May 28, 1936
May 28, 1936 - Feb. 9, 1956
Feb. 9, 1956 - Aug. 13, 1959
Aug. 13, 1959 - June 11, 1970

Joint Board of Adjustment, 1970-present
Carl Langschmidt
Charles L. Heckle
John S. Palmer




James W. Campbell, Jr.
Rufus Jones

W. Richard Hall




John S. Shepherd

Frank H. Colvett



Lynda Raiford

Frank H. Colvett, Jr.
Dates of Chairmanship
July 27, 1970 - Jan. 27, 1971
Jan. 27, 1971 - March 22, 1972
March 22, 1972 - Jan. 24, 1973
Feb. 27, 1974 - Jan. 25, 1975
March 26, 1976 - Jan. 26, 1977
Feb. 27, 1980 - March 25, 1981
Feb. 24, 1982 - May 25, 1983
Jan. 24, 1973 - Feb. 27, 1974
Jan. 25, 1975 - May 26, 1976
Jan. 26, 1977 - Feb. 27, 1980
March 25, 1981 - Feb. 24, 1982
March 27, 1985 - Feb. 26, 1986
Feb. 25, 1987 - March 23, 1988
Aug. 23, 1989 - Feb. 28, 1990
April 24, 1991 - Nov. 30, 1994
May 25, 1983 - March 28, 1984
Feb. 26, 1997 - June 25, 2008
March 28, 1984 - March 27, 1985
Feb. 26, 1986 - Feb. 25, 1987
March 23, 1988 - Aug. 23, 1989
Feb. 28, 1990 - April 24, 1991
Dec. 21, 1994 - Jan. 22, 1997
June 25, 2008 - Jan. 23, 2013
Jan. 23, 2013 - present

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Board of Adjustment Members, February 27, 2013: Seated: Dan Dow, Madeleine Savage-Townes and Timothy Rainey; Standing: Andre Jones, Frank Colvett, Jr, Jimmy Burditt and John Jackson III. Not pictured: Lynda Raiford.



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