Zoning Board of Appeals

The seven-member Zoning Board of Appeals hears and decides appeals of administrative interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance and requests for variances from the strict application of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. To learn more about this Board, visit Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Zoning Ordinance limits land uses to particular zoning districts. For further information regarding whether a particular use is permitted, contact Economic Development & Planning Specialist Colton Dale at (248) 691-7455 or view the online Zoning Map at Oak Park Zoning Map. To view current zoning ordinances, Oak Park Zoning Ordinance (on Municode).

To apply for a variance to the Zoning Ordinance, download the application at Application for a Variance to the Zoning Ordinance.

Business License
Businesses are required to have a current Business License. To apply, download the application Business License Application.

Home-Based Business
A home-based business is an occupation, activity, or hobby that is traditionally or customarily carried on within the walls of a dwelling unit, such as sewing, millinery, and similar domestic crafts, instruction in a craft or fine art, offices or self-employed professionals, sales representatives and the like, and educational tutoring (e.g. music lessons and tutoring of students) provided that such traditional or customary home occupations meet all criteria to be a permitted use. For detailed information, visit Home-Based Businesses.

Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings

2021 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Agendas
July 28, 2020

September 24, 2019
August 21, 2019
July 23, 2019

June 25, 2019
February 26, 2019

November 27, 2018
October 23, 2018
August 28, 2018
June 26, 2018
March 27, 2018

Public Notices

Notice is hereby given that the City of Oak Park Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., or thereafter, a PUBLIC HEARING will be held virtually via Zoom or by calling in thus affording opportunity to state your objections or suggestions.

The login instructions are as follows: Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 870 4592 4935
Passcode: 674064
Or call (646) 558 8656

The Public Hearing will consider:

Case #21-01:   Michael Ferlito, 8775 Nine Mile Rd., has made an appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance from the provisions in the Zoning Ordinance, Article XVII, to allow for a new building that does not meet the parking requirements of the Zoning Ordinance.

Variance applications can be reviewed at Municipal Services, 14300 Oak Park Blvd., by appointment, call Kim to schedule (248)691-7404.  The public may appear at the Public Hearing online or by counsel.  Written comments may be sent to the City of Oak Park Zoning Board of Appeals, 14300 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, MI 48237, and must be received prior to the Public Hearing.

Edwin Norris
Oak Park City Clerk