Would you like to expand the area of your Nonconforming Use property? You'll need permission from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
You can complete the paper application. Click the Paper Form tab of this page for instructions and to download the form. Call or visit our office if you need help applying. You can find our number and address in the Contact Us section of this page. We're happy to help you fill out an application!
Here are the documents you'll need to prepare before submitting your application:
Dimensioned Site Plan from a Property Survey (1 copy & 1 digital PDF copy)
Dimensioned Drawings and Plans (1 copy & 1 digital PDF copy)
We recommend that you meet with us as an informal review of your proposed project. The meeting is intended to determine what kind of zone change is needed, if other approvals are required, and to explain the process to to get a decision on the proposal.
Meet with neighboring property owners, neighborhood association, or business association. Use this meeting to resolve any conflicts before your Planning Commission review. We may table your request if you don't hold a neighborhood meeting.
The fee for for this application is $1,349. Make checks payable to the City of Grand Rapids.
Download and complete the below form. Make sure to include all other required documents with your application. Make sure to submit your application at least one month before the Planning Commission meeting. For a list of the Planning Commission meeting dates, click here.
Nonconforming Use Application(PDF, 387KB)
We'll review and submit your application to the Planning Commission. We may contact you with questions or ask for more information.
After staff review, your application is forwarded to the Planning Commission for a public hearing. You'll get a notice of the public hearing 15 days before the Planning Commission meeting.
Here's what to expect at the public hearing:
We'll send you a letter and resolution to let you know City Commission's decision.
You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We’ll get you all the information you need to complete your application. We don’t offer applications over the phone, but we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get your application submitted.
Visit us at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll help you get everything you need to complete the application. We'll have paper copies available, but you can print the below form before you arrive.
Keep in mind that you need to submit your application at least one month before the Planning Commission meeting. For a list of the Planning Commission meeting dates, click here.
Board of Zoning Appeals
311 or 616.456.3000
300 Monroe Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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