Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals

The Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals (SZBA) is a quasi-judicial body created pursuant to the State of Georgia General Planning Enabling Act of 1957. The SZBA hears appeals of decisions by the Zoning Administrator and certain other boards in the City, evaluates and approves some uses within specific zoning districts, hears requests for variances from development standards, and considers requests for extensions of nonconforming uses. The seven members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor and the Alderman of the City of Savannah, The Chatham County - Savannah MPC provides three staff members to support the SZBA, and the three Technical Advisors are City of Savannah employees.

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals regular meeting is held every fourth Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at 112 E. State Street and is open to the public. Those with business to conduct with the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals are directed to the Applications, Instructions, and Forms section of this website to obtain the correct form(s). Please note the meeting cutoff dates on the calendar of meetings below. Cutoff time is the close of business (typically 5:00 p.m.).

2019 Meetings
Meeting Date Cutoff Date Agenda Minutes Audio
Jan 24, 2019 Dec 21, 2018 Agenda Minutes Audio
Feb 28, 2019 Jan 25, 2019 Agenda Minutes Audio
Mar 28, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 Agenda Minutes Audio
Apr 25, 2019 Mar 29, 2019 Agenda Minutes Audio
May 23, 2019 Apr 26, 2019 Agenda Minutes Audio
Jun 27, 2019 May 31, 2019 Agenda Minutes Audio
Jul 25, 2019 Jun 28, 2019 Agenda
Aug 22, 2019 Jul 26, 2019 Agenda
Sep 26, 2019 Aug 30, 2019
Oct 24, 2019 Sep 27, 2019
Nov 21, 2019 Oct 25, 2019
Dec 19, 2019 Nov 25, 2019
Board Members
Eli Karatassos, Chairman
Tommy Branch, Vice-Chairman
Willie James
Michael Brown
Trapper Griffith
Stephen Merriman, Jr.
Neil Dawson
Staff: Matthew Lonnerstater, Secretary
Technical Advisors: Tiras Petrea and Mike Weiner