The Board of Adjustment consists of five members, appointed by the Mayor. The Board members serve without compensation for terms of three years. One Board member must also be a member of the City Planning Commission.

Meetings

The Board of Adjustment meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, except as published on the official meeting schedule. Meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building, 200 North Walker Avenue. 

After a case has been fully presented, the Board will vote to approve, approve conditionally, or deny the request. A concurring vote of three members is required to approve, defer or deny an item. If the request is approved, the applicant can use the property in accordance with the Board's approved action. If denied, appeals of the decision of the Board may be filed with the District Court of Oklahoma County (any person may appeal any decision of the Board to District Court) or re-apply after a minimum of six months, providing the request is different, or the physical facts in the area have changed.

Duties

The Board of Adjustment hears and makes final decisions on the following applications:

Special Exceptions. The Board may grant a special exception for the uses specified in a zoning district or as listed in the Special Exception Uses chapter of the Zoning and Planning Code.

Variances to the Zoning and Planning Code. In any specific case where the literal enforcement of the Zoning Code regulations would cause an unnecessary or unusual hardship, upon application, the Board may vary or modify that regulation.

Oil/Gas Related Cases. Requests devoted to subsurface mining, storage and transmission of oil and gas and the production of such.

Appeals from Other City Commissions. The Board is designated the power to hear and decide an appeal of the decision of the Urban Design Commission, Downtown Design Review CommitteeBricktown Urban Design Committee, Riverfront Design Committee, Stockyards City Urban Design Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission.

Appeals from the decision of the Director. The Director, or his/her designee, is responsible for the enforcement of the development regulation of the Zoning Code. Any decision of the Director may be appealed to the Board by persons affected by the decision such as a zoning code interpretation or the issuance of a building permit.

Board Action

After a case has been fully presented, the Board will vote to approve, approve conditionally, or deny the request. A concurring vote of three members is required to approve, defer or deny an item. If the request is approved, the applicant can use the property in accordance with the Board's approved action. If denied, appeals of the decision of the Board may be filed with the District Court of Oklahoma County (any person may appeal any decision of the Board to District Court), or re-apply after a minimum of six months, providing the request is different, or the physical facts in the area have changed.