Baltimore Municipal Zoning and Appeals Board (BMZA)


Board Information

Name Baltimore Municipal Zoning and Appeals Board (BMZA)
Function The Appeals Board hears and determines all zoning appeals, basing its decisions on what will promote the health, security, morals, and general welfare of the community. The board has these general goals: It prevents the overcrowding of land. Avoids undue concentration of population. Provides adequate light and air. Secures safety from fire, panic, and other dangers. Reduces congestion in the streets. Helps for adequate transportation, water, sewers, schools, parks, and other public services.
Composition Baltimore Municipal Zoning and Appeals Board (BMZA)
City Council Approval Yes
Legal Authority City Charter Article VII § 81 & Land Use Article, State of MD, 10-403
Liason/Executive Director Name Derek Baumgardner
Liason/Executive Director Phone 410-396-4301
Liason/Executive Director Email [email protected]



Position Member Name Term Started Term Expires Appointed By
Chair Geoffrey Washington April 15, 2008 N/A Mayor
Member Frank Bonaventure April 15, 2008 N/A Mayor
Member Anissa Bonner December 9, 2010 December 9, 2018 Mayor
Member Wilbur Cunningham April 2, 2018 April 2, 2022 Mayor
Member James Fields July 16, 2018 July 16, 2022 Mayor