Board of Adjustment

The Statesville Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board appointed by the Statesville City Council. A quasi-judicial hearing is similar to a court hearing in that witnesses are sworn in and decisions are based on evidence and factual testimony rather than opinions. The Board’s responsibilities include granting variances and hearing appeals from decisions or interpretations made by zoning administrator. The Board meets monthly to hear requests.


A variance allows a property owner to use property in a way that would not otherwise be allowable under the terms of the zoning ordinance.  A variance is not a right, and may be granted only upon a finding that:

Granting the variance will not substantially conflict with any City adopted plans or policies, or the purposes or intent of this code; and

There are exceptional conditions creating an undue hardship upon the property involved, which do not generally apply to other land or uses within the zoning district; and

The applicant cannot derive a reasonable use of the property without approval of a variance; and

Granting the variance will not set a precedent for future applications; and

Granting the variance will not be detrimental to adjacent properties or the area; and

Granting the variance will not be detrimental to public health, safety or welfare; and

The basis for the appeal was not created by the current owner or any previous owners of the property. 

When a variance is granted, it remains with the property forever, even if the property changes hands.


An appeal occurs where there is an alleged error in any order, requirement, decision, interpretation, or determination made by the zoning administrator in the enforcement of the ordinance. Appeals must be made within 30 days of the zoning administrator’s decision.


Board of Adjustment decisions may be appealed to the superior court. Such appeals must be made within 30 days of the filing of the decision.


To apply for a variance or appeal, you must fill out an application. Applications can be found here or in the Planning Office. It would be a good idea to speak with a Planner about your request prior to filling out an application because there are different applications and requirements for each request. There is a non-refundable $300 application fee. The deadline for submitting a request to be heard before the Board of Adjustment is 20 days before the regularly scheduled meeting (first Tuesday of each month).

BOA Application

2017 Board of Adjustment Meeting Schedule  

Meeting Date   Meeting Type Agendas 
January 03    Regular Cancelled
February 07  Regular Cancelled
March 07 Regular Cancelled
 April 04  Regular Cancelled
May 02 Regular Agenda
June 06 Regular  Cancelled
 July  04 Regular Cancelled
August  01  Regular  Cancelled
September 05  Regular  Cancelled
October 03  Regular Cancelled
November 07  Regular Agenda
December 05   Regular Cancelled

Board of Adjustment Members

David Steele
term expires 6/30/19

John Gilbert, III
term expires 6/30/18

Bill Winters
term expires 6/30/20

David Aman (ETJ Rep)
Vice Chair
term expires 6/30/19

Sandra Campbell
term expires 6/30/18

George Simon
term expires 6/30/18

Gurney Wike
term expires 6/30/18

O. David Tharpe
term expires 6/30/18

Andrew Ventresca
Staff Liaison/Secretary
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