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.

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.

March 2020 BZA Meeting - Update 03/25/2020 12:00PM 

The March 17th, Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting has been postponed 2 weeks and will be held on Tuesday March 31st at 5:30 PM in the City of Valparaiso Council Chambers. 

The Valparaiso Board of Zoning Appeals will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (local time). No governing body members will attend in person but will instead attend remotely. The public is invited to attend by remote access. Please use the following Dial In number 1- 219-293-4307 and Access Code 577 656 057#. The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on VAR19-026 (Anton Baumann); VAR20-003 (Dan Kachaturoff) and, UV20-002 (Ron Knoche). If you have any comments or questions as to these or any other item on the Agenda, you are encouraged to send an email prior to the meeting to A recording of this meeting will be made available on the City’s website.


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


Mike Micka, President Byron Martin, Member
Melanie Trowbridge,Vice President Helene Pierce, Secretary
Diane Worstell, Member Beth Shrader, Planning Director
Ryan Wright, Member 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.


Agendas are available prior to board meetings.
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Minutes are also available, once approved.

To view approved minutes CLICK HERE.