Salt Lake City

Boards and Commissions

(801) 535-7743

Appeals Hearing Officer

The appeals hearing officer shall hear and decide appeals alleging an error in any administrative decision made by the zoning administrator or the administrative hearing officer in the administration or enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance, as well as decisions of the historic landmark commission; and the planning commission.

In addition, the appeals hearing officer shall hear and decide applications for variances and shall make determinations regarding the existence, expansion or modification of nonconforming uses and noncomplying structures. The Appeals Hearing Officer also hears appeals of Impact Fees.

Agendas and Minutes

Policies and Procedures


Meeting Information

As needed on the second Thursday of the month; time varies

City and County Building, Room 326, 451 S State, Salt Lake City


Member Qualifications

The appeals hearing officer shall be appointed by Mayor Biskupski with the advice and consent of the city council. Mayor Biskupski may appoint more than one appeals hearing officer, but only one appeals hearing officer shall consider and decide upon any matter properly presented for appeals hearing officer review. The appeals hearing officer may serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive full terms of five (5) years each. The appeals hearing officer shall either be law trained or have significant experience with land use laws and the requirements and operations of administrative hearing processes.


Powers and Duties

  • Hear and decide appeals from any administrative decision made by the zoning administrator in the administration or the enforcement of this title pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in chapter 21A.16, “Appeals Of Administrative Decisions”, of the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Authorize variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in chapter 21A.18, “Variances”, of the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Hear and decide appeals of any administrative decision made by the historic landmark commission pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in section 21A.34.020, “H Historic Preservation Overlay District”, of the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Hear and decide appeals from decisions made by the planning commission concerning subdivisions or subdivision amendments pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in title 20, “Subdivisions And Condominiums”, of this code; and
  • Hear and decide appeals from administrative decisions made by the planning commission pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Hear and decide appeals related to Impact Fees

Current Members

Member Serving Since
Craig Hall 2012
Matthew Wirthlin 2014
Mary Woodhead 2014

Contact Information

Appeals Hearing Officer

Attn: Deborah Severson

City & County Building, Rm 406

PO Box 145480

Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5480

(801) 535-7759

Deborah Severson

Administrative Secretary

(801) 535-7759 or deborah.severson@slcgov.com