Zoning Board of Appeals


  • 9 a.m.
  • Monthly
  • 324 Main Street
    Room 403
    Peoria, IL 61602

To see a schedule of this year's Zoning Board of Appeals hearings, click here.

To see agendas for past and future hearings or review approved minutes, please click here.


Peoria County's Zoning Board of Appeals consists of 7 members and 2 alternate members, appointed to 5 year terms by the County Board.

About the Zoning Board of Appeals

The purpose of the ZBA is to hold public hearings for the consideration of the requests to vary from requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, and to evaluate petitions for Special Use cases, Rezoning cases, and Appeals of Zoning Administrator decisions. The Zoning Board of Appeals conducts their hearings according to the Rules of Procedure.

Zoning Board of Appeals Process & Action

Step One: Preapplication Conference

Contact the office to set up an initial conference with a planner. Setting up a specific day and time ensures that the appropriate person will be available to help you when you arrive. Scheduling your visit also helps to avoid potential long waits or unavailability of staff that are able to assist with filing a petition.

Step Two: File Application

Applications must be completed and filed by a date to be determined by staff. This initiates the process.

Step Three: Staff Report

Peoria County Planning and Zoning staff will prepare a report which reviews the Rezoning or Special Use request and provides a recommendation to the ZBA. This recommendation is based on a comprehensive evaluation that considers the proposal's potential impact on the environment, transportation system, and surrounding uses.  Staff reports are not completed for Variance requests.

Step Four: ZBA Public Hearing

Public Hearings begin at 9 a.m. and are held in Room 403 of the Peoria County Courthouse. The hearing provides an opportunity for the petitioner to state their case and for objectors and/or consenters to make their comments. Involved parties will be notified of the scheduled hearing time prior to the date of their hearing.

Step Five: ZBA Deliberation

The ZBA will deliberate on the case, taking into consideration staff's recommendation, if provided, along with the information presented by the petitioner and any consenters or objectors at the public hearing. New information is not allowed to be presented at this stage of the process. The ZBA will make final determinations on variances, and provide recommendations on Rezoning and Special Use cases. Should a variance petition be denied, the applicant would have the right to appeal that decision to the Circuit Court.

Step Six: Land Use Committee

The Land Use Committee will review Special Use and Rezoning cases and forward a recommendation to the County Board.

Step Seven: County Board

Special Use and Rezoning cases will go before the full County Board. If denied, the petitioner has the right to appeal the decision to the Circuit Court.