Zoning Board of Appeals

Covid-19 Special Announcement for Public Meetings:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Executive Order 202.1 from New York Governor Cuomo, in person access by the public to Zoning Board of Appeals meetings is not permitted.

To continue its business, the Zoning Board of Appeals will be holding regular meetings and special meetings via the Zoom online platform until further notice.

To attend a Zoning Board of Appeals Regular Meeting or Special Meeting, you will need to know the Meeting ID and the Password.  These will be published on agendas and in the main calendar on the Town’s website home-page. 

There are two ways to attend:

1. Via computer, laptop or smartphone

2. Via regular telephone

Instructions to Attend a Public Meeting via Zoom


The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body, consisting of five members appointed by the Southold Town Board. The ZBA is authorized under New York Town Law to hear appeals of applications that have been reviewed and issued a denial (Notice of Disapproval) by the Building Inspector under Chapter 280 (Zoning) of the Town Code. One of the basic powers given by law to a Zoning Board is the “variance power”, whereby the Board may “vary” or modify the strict letter of a zoning ordinance or local law. The Board cannot amend or create zoning regulations; that legislative power resides with the Southold Town Board.

The ZBA also has original jurisdiction to consider uses specifically permitted under Chapter 280 (Zoning) by Special Exception application, such as Accessory Bed and Breakfasts, Accessory Apartments in an Accessory Structure, certain commercial uses, motels, inns, and other specifically referenced uses, when all requirements referred to in the Town Code and New York Town Laws have been met.

Board Members