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Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Meeting will be held on April 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Board Room. The City will restrict physical access in the meeting room to a small number of staff members due to current limitations on public gatherings to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of City of Franklin officials, staff, and citizens. Accommodations have been made to ensure that the public is still able to participate in the meeting.

The public may participate by:

-Watch the live stream through the City of Franklin Facebook and YouTube accounts.

-Watch the meeting on Franklin TV or the City of Franklin website.

-Limited viewing will also be available in the lobby of City Hall to watch the live video. The public may be allowed to enter the Board Room one at a time during the public comment periods of the meeting.

-Call 1-312-626-6799 to listen to the meeting via Zoom. Meeting ID 430 399 1941.

 To provide public comment on an agenda item during the meeting:

-Share your official comment with the agenda item number specified in the comment section of the Facebook or YouTube live videos.

-Email comments to

-If participating via Zoom, those who call in will be unmuted when comment is requested during a public comment portion of the meeting. This will be when you provide public comment for the record.

 City YouTube:

City Facebook Live:

City website:

Franklin TV:

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact the Planning Department at 615- 791-3212.


The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) performs administrative reviews and hears variance requests. When performing an administrative review, BZA hears and decides appeals where it is alleged by an individual that there has been an error made by an administrative official in enforcing the Zoning Ordinance. BZA also hears and decides applications for a variance in order to be relieved from a specific requirement of the Zoning Ordinance. If a variance is to be granted, the following three standards must be established: there must be an extraordinary or exceptional situation or condition pertaining strictly to the property considered; strict application of the Ordinance would result in practical difficulties to, or undue hardship upon, the owner of the property; and the relief may be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and without substantially impairing the intent and purpose of the Zoning Ordinance.

The Franklin Board of Zoning Appeals meets in regular session on the first Thursday of each month at 6 PM in the City Hall Boardroom. 

To apply for a Variance, click here.

To apply for an Appeal of Administrative Decision, click here.

2020 Meeting and Deadlines Schedule [PDF]

Bylaws [PDF]

Board Members Include:

Frank Jones

Gillian Fischbach

Jeff Fleishour

Joel Tomlin

Jonathan Langley

Staff contact person:      Kelli Gibson

                                            Franklin Planning Department 
                                            P.O. Box 305 
                                            Franklin, TN 37065-0305 
                                            (615) 791-3212 or (615) 550-6734



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