Board of Zoning & Appeals

The Zoning Ordinance contains the regulations pertinent to each specific type of residential, commercial, and industrial zoning district. The ordinance defines land use classifications and contains regulations for floodplain districts, planned unit development districts, and performance standards as well as provisions governing nonconforming uses and non-complying buildings or structures. It also contains supplementary district regulations addressing such things as:

  • Development standards for multi-family dwellings
  • Mobile home parks
  • Off-street parking and loading
  • Sign regulations Application for Sign Permit
  • Telecommunications towers and antennas

The ordinance also addresses the application of its regulations, provisions, and sections; administration and enforcement; and administrative standards and legal status provisions.

The Zoning Ordinance provides for a Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) that hears appeals dealing with zoning matters. The BZA has 3 main functions:

  • To interpret the zoning ordinance when it is alleged that department staff have made an error.
  • To review special exceptions and to grant special use permits under terms of the ordinance.
  • To grant variances from specific terms of the ordinance where special conditions are present to warrant such variances.


The fee for taking a request to the Board of Zoning Appeals is $200 or $500 after construction. Visit the Agenda Center for all upcoming meetings. 

Please contact the Community Development Department for the Board of Zoning Appeals Application. 

A copy of the Zoning Ordinance may be purchased from the department at a cost of $30. Department staff members are always available to answer questions about zoning and commercial development.


The Board of Zoning and Appeals meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Board Room on the first floor of Springfield City Hill located at 405 North Main Street.


  • Carolyn Sherrod, Wards 1 and 2
    Term expires: December 31, 2022
  • Larry Simmons, Wards 3 and 4
    Term expires: December 31, 2023
  • Adam Veitschegger, Wards 5 and 6
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • Buzzy Poole, Planning Commission
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • Carolyn Woodard, At Large
    Term expires: December 31, 2022