Board of Zoning Appeals

What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a five person, citizen board enabled through state statute to grant variances from development standards, use variances, special exceptions, and administrative relief.


  • 5:30 PM CT
  • Third Wednesday of each month
  • Location: City Hall, 166 Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to board meetings.
Minutes are available upon approval.
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  • Kyle Yelton, President 
  • Paul Reed, Vice President 
  • Mark Ribordy
  • Diane Worstell
  • Jim Bilder 


  • Deb Cook, Secretary 
  • Beth Shrader, Planning Director 
  • Patrick Lyp, Attorney


To petition for a variance, you must complete the Board of Zoning Appeals application. Applications may be picked up at City Hall, 166 Lincolnway, or may be printed off the website (Click Here for Application). Return completed applications to City Hall, Attn: Planning Department. Applications must be turned into City Hall before 4:30 PM CST by the deadlines found in the application packet. Deadlines and meeting dates can be found on the petitions page.

Public Hearing Notifications
A notification of a public hearing is sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the petitioner's property. If you need assistance finding parcels within 300 ft of your property, please check out our instructional graphic. Received a letter and want to know what your rights are or how the hearings work? Click here for more information.