Board of Zoning Appeals

2018 Projects
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BZA is scheduled on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. 
BZA is open to the public, and will be held accordingly:
Meetings       City Hall  |  Common Council Chambers, 2nd Fl  |  6:00 pm
Workshops    Planning Conference Rm  |  200 Henry Johnson Blvd, 1st Fl  |  6:00 pm
See the full 2018 City of Albany Meeting Schedule.

Board Members

All development projects proposed in Albany must comply with the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO).  The USDO, in coordination with the Albany 2030 Comprehensive Plan, includes zoning code updates and a streamlined, user-friendly process that aim to secure successful (re)development in the City.

The Director of Planning is designated as the City's Chief Planning Official and Administrator of the USDO.  Visit the Planning & Development office for further assistance with zoning and instruction on the appeals process.  Submit your BZA applications to the contact provided below.

ReZone Albany
For over two years, the City has undergone a review of its zoning districts through a highly public and community-based interactive process, known as ReZone Albany.  On May 15, 2017, the final revisions of ReZone Albany was passed by the Albany Common Council, at a 12-3 vote.  Out with the old, and in with the new...  Albany is proud to have in place, its new Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance.  The USDO aims to help direct safe and effective project development, that's better aligned with Albany 2030 and other sustainable best practices.  Search your address below to find your new zoning.

Download the Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (.pdf)
Download the Zoning Map (.pdf)
Begin your project with a Project Development Master Application

Open the Online Interactive Map

BZA Contact

Lauren Alpert
Planning & Development
200 Henry Johnson Blvd 
First Floor  |  Suite #3
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 434-5250
Fax: (518) 434-5294
General Email:

Visit Buildings & Regulatory Compliance for your code questions and permits.

Office Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday