Board of Zoning Appeals

Responsibilities & Duties

The BZA is empowered to hear and decide appeals, and interpret provisions for applicants exhibiting a challenge to City officials issuing orders, decisions or requirements under the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO). The BZA independently provides a forum for applicants and/or representatives to appeal their case for a variance, pursuant to Section 81 of New York State General City Law.

Board of Zoning Appeals Documents

Zoning Maps


Virtual Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the moratorium on public gatherings, meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 6 PM via Zoom (registration links below) and streamed via YouTube until further notice. 

2022 Meeting Dates

January 12
April 27
August 10
November 30
February 2
May 18
August 31
December 14
February 23
June 8
September 21

March 16
June 29
October 12

April 6 
July 20
November 2

How to Submit Audio and Written Comments on Board of Zoning Appeals Applications

Audio comments (up to three minutes in length) and written comments must be submitted to  no less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing or meeting to ensure review by the Board of Zoning Appeals. Submitted comments will not be played or read during the hearing or meeting.

How to Provide Public Comment on an application at a Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing 

Requests to provide public comment at a public hearing must be submitted to  no less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting and shall include:

  • Your name
  • The project/s that you wish to speak on,  and
  • The municipality where you live, as required by §34-1B of the Albany City Code.

Members of the public will have three minutes to speak per project and Common Council members have six minutes to speak per project. Speaking times may be modified based on the number of individuals signed up to speak, so it is recommended to submit written or audio comments prior to the hearing or meeting. Projects on a public workshop agenda do not have a public comment period.

Please be respectful of others and in the delivery of your public comment. The Board of Zoning Appeals reserves the right to silence or remove participants who are not respectful during the hearing.

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor for a three year term. The presence of four members constitutes a quorum of the Board, and the concurring vote of four members is required to carry out any action.

  • Martin Daley - Expires 12/31/23
  • Adriana Le Blan - Expires 12/31/23
  • Paige A. Barnum - Expires 12/31/22
  • Serena Joyce White-Lake - Expires 12/31/24
  • Jeffrey Quain - Expires 12/31/23
Martin Daley Martin Daley, ChairHeadshot of Adriana LeBlan Adriana Le Blan

Paige Barnum
Serena Joyce White-LakeSerena Joyce White-Lake
Jeff QuainJeffrey Quain