Board of Zoning Appeals

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For Questions or Assistance

Board of Zoning Appeals
C/O Certified Building Department
121 E. Chestnut St
Lancaster, OH 43130

(740) 687-6649
Some times the zoning code doesn't fit quite right and you need a variance.  Or maybe the use you are contemplating is a Special Exception.  And maybe you need to appeal a decision from the Zoning Official.  The Board of Zoning Appeals is the Board that will rule on all those things.

COVID-19  Update

We are currently open to the public and practicing social distancing. The number of people allowed at the counter may be limited to 2 customers at a time. All work is continuting and plans and permits may be submitted by mail or electronically to

​Board of Zoning Appeals meetings are being held online until further notice

Click here for details on next meeting.

   Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Meeting Location

Unless noted on the meeting notice, Lancaster Board of Zoning Appeals meets at City Hall Second Floor Meeting Room 104 E. Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130

Meeting is at 2:00 pm


Member Telephone Term Ends
Jim Edwards (740) 687-0440 July 31, 2021
Lindel Jackson (740) 654-7370 July 31, 2021
James Bahnsen (740) 654-8246 July 31, 2022
Rebecca Anderson (740) 503-0451 July 31, 2022
Tim Oatney (740) 653-1339 July 31, 2020
Cathy Welch, Secretary (740) 687-6649