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The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial five-member body of citizens appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Board of Aldermen within the City government that has the powers to:

  1. Hear appeals from landowners regarding the strict application of the regulations of the City of Manchester’s Zoning Ordinance and other related ordinances, as well as interpretations of requirements.
  2. The Board was established to hear petitions relating to yard setback distances for buildings, structures, and parking areas, sign size requirements, reconstruction or alteration of non-conforming structures, and interpretations of the intent of the Zoning Ordinance.
  3. It is not empowered to legislate or revise the Zoning Ordinance, nor does the granting of a variance by the City of Manchester supersede or void any trust indentures, easements, or deed restrictions previously placed on the property.
  4. In exercising the mentioned powers, such Board may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision or determination appealed from and may make such order, requirement, decision or determination as ought to be made and to that end shall have all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken. The concurring vote of 4 members of the Board shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination of any such administrative official, or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter upon which it is required to pass under any such ordinance or to effect any variation in such ordinance.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  1. Meetings
  2. Meeting Procedure
  3. Petition and Checklist


  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Thursday of every month
  • When there are cases to be heard
  • Applications must be submitted 20 business days in advance of the meeting date.

Before a decision can be made on a variance request, the Board is required to hold a public hearing on the matter.  As variance request applications are received by the Planning and Zoning Department, each is stamped with the date received and placed on the docket. The deadline for submittal of a variance request is 20 business days in advance of the meeting date. An application received after the deadline will be placed on the next available docket. Special circumstances surrounding a variance request, such as flood plain review or easement conflict, may necessitate additional staff review, which may delay the public hearing date. In both cases, the applicant will be notified.

During the public hearing, the Department of Planning and Zoning will present the City's case regarding your request to the Board of Adjustment. The report by Planning and Zoning staff is intended to provide the Board members with specific details pertaining to the case, such as precedent and the intent of the relevant zoning regulations.