Board of Adjustment

Role of the Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides all appeals of zoning interpretations or decisions of the Building Commissioner who administers the Lima Zoning Code. The Board is composed of five residents of the City, appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of City Council.

Granting Exceptions

The Board of Adjustment is also empowered to grant relief from the normal requirements of the Lima Zoning Code when it determines a literal enforcement of the Zoning Code will result in unnecessary hardship or a practical difficulty. In addition to granting a variance when warranted, the Board of Adjustment is responsible for deciding requests for Special Use Permits.

Meetings of the Board of Adjustment are open to the public and held at 3:30 PM in the Lima Municipal Center on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month if required.

If you have questions or wish to learn more about Lima's Board of Adjustment, please contact us via the contact information to the right.

Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Lima is seeking volunteers to serve on the Board of Adjustment and City Planning Commission either as a full member (in case of vacancy) or alternate (in case of need for a quorum). Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and are kept on active file for three (3) years.

Application forms (PDF) are available at the Dept. of Community Development. You may drop off or mail out the completed application at our office.


Standards Variance (PDF)
Special Use Permits (PDF)
Zoning Appeals (PDF)
Special Permit for Use Variance (PDF)
Special Billboard Permits (PDF)