The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.

The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.

The Board's public hearings are held most Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416. Telephone the Board office for information concerning the accessibility of the hearing room.

Board of Appeals meetings are televised live on SFGovTV in San Francisco and also may be viewed via streaming video on your computer. Archived meetings may be viewed on demand.

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