Under North Carolina law, each municipality that enforces zoning regulations is required to have a Board
of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment consists of seven members. Two of the seven members will
serve as alternates. The term of office of each member and alternate member of the Board of Adjustment
shall be for three years.
While the powers and duties of the Board of Adjustment are outlined in state statutes; the primary
responsibilities of the Board of Adjustment are: hearing and deciding appeals where an order,
requirement, or decision of the Administrator is alleged to be in error; hear and decide upon requests for
variances from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance; and hear and decide upon requests for special
Membership on this board takes a special commitment because the Board of Adjustment conducts their
hearing in accordance with judicial rules of procedure and decisions can be publicly unpopular as rulings
of the Board must be made based upon strict interpretation of applicable laws and not upon public opinion
or desire. The members of the Board of Adjustment shall receive no compensation for their services.
Meetings: The Board of Adjustment meets at the call of the Chairman in the Town Hall, 980 Malcolm
Blvd, Rutherford College, NC.