Board of Zoning Adjustment

The City of Lafayette has a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that defines the way in which a property owner in the City of Lafayette can develop land. The intent of the ordinance is to regulate land use so that individual properties do not overwhelm a landscape nor hinder effective use by other property owners.

Property owners who propose construction not in full compliance with the Zoning Ordinance may file an appeal with the Board of Zoning Adjustment.   The Board of Zoning Adjustment or “BOZA” is an authority that may grant a variance of certain zoning regulations for property located within the City of Lafayette.  On December 7th, 2015 the Unified Development Code replaces Lafayette's Comprehensive Zoning ordinance.

Authority for the Board of Zoning Adjustment is granted under Article VIII, Ordinance 0-180-96 of Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Home Rule Charter.

The Board consists of 5 members and 2 alternates. The City-Parish President directly appoints one member and the City-Parish Council appoints 4. One of the 4 must be a minority. The two alternates are the direct appointments of the City-Parish Council as a whole. Members and alternates must meet the following requirements at the time of their appointment and during the length of their term: a land owner in Lafayette Parish, a registered voter in the City of Lafayette and a resident within the corporate limits of the City of Lafayette.

Regular Board members serve 5-year terms and  Alternate members serve 3-year terms.  A board member may serve up to 3 consecutive terms but may not exceed 12 years. The members are volunteers.

There is no budget for the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

The chairman calls the meeting for BOZA once per month. All meetings are open to the public. A quorum of 3 members is required. Alternate members are called when a quorum of the board is not met. All meetings are open to the public and the meeting minutes are filed in the “office of the board.
The Clerk of the City-Parish Council serves as that office. A record of BOZA meetings is filed with the City-Parish Council. The Board of Zoning Adjustment adopts its rules and policies subject to final approval by the City-Parish Council.

Appeals to decisions made by BOZA can be made through the District Court of Lafayette Parish within 30 days of the filing of BOZA’s decision.

BOZA’s agenda and calendar are available online at LCG’s homepage at the following link:

Interview with Jeff Larcade, Planner II, Lafayette Consolidated Governmen. April, 2010.

Interview with Jim Parker, Zoning Manager, Lafayette Consolidated Government, August 5, 2015.

Updated:  August, 2015.
John St. Julien,
Apr 26, 2010, 11:49 AM