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Metro Board of Adjustment

Powers of the Board | To Request a Variance
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Appeals to the Board of Adjustment may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, board, or bureau of the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge affected by any decision of the Building Official. Such appeal shall be taken within a reasonable time, as provided by the rules of the Board, by filing with the officer from whom the appeal is taken and with the Board of Adjustment a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof.

The Powers of the Board shall be to Interpret the Ordinance

To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Building Official in the enforcement of this ordinance.

To interpret the provisions of this ordinance, in such a way, as to carry out the intent and purpose of the plan, as shown upon the map fixing the several districts accompanying and made a part of this ordinance where the street layout on the ground varies from the street layout as shown on the map aforesaid.

To Request a Variance of the Zoning Ordinance

A detailed plot or site plan on Letter or Legal Size paper must be submitted with the request for a variance. The plot plan shall include a detailed location of all servitudes, easements and all structures on the property.

If the Board of Adjustment approves the request for the variance, a Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement, holding the City-Parish and the Board of Adjustment free and harmless of liability due to the granting of the variance, is to be filed and recorded with the Clerk of Court.

The owner is required to sign the Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement. A certified copy with recording data is to be furnished to the Inspection Division before the permit will be issued.

The board meetings are held monthly at

Governmental Building
222 St. Louis Street
Council Chambers, Room 348
3:30 p.m.

Either the Owner, Contractor or Applicant must attend the meeting to present their case. Application must be made no later than twelve days before the scheduled meeting, and sign posted on site seven days prior to meeting. A FEE of $45 is paid at the time of application.

For more information, please contact the Permit and Inspections Office at 389-3226.