Zoning Hearing Board

The Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) is a quasi-judicial body that hears and renders decisions regarding specific types of land use actions. The ZHB functions like a court, although formal court procedures are not necessarily required. The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) provides a specific set of rules that must be followed by the ZHB (ZHB Procedures).

The Zoning Hearing Board of the City of Erie consists of a five member body comprised of City residents. Board members are appointed by City Council. Appointments are for five (5) year terms.

Powers and Duties

The Zoning Hearing Board is authorized to conduct hearings and render decisions in specific areas of review including:

  • Applications for a variance (from a specific zoning ordinance requirement)
  • Applications for a use by special exception
  • Appeal from a Zoning Officer’s determination
  • Substantive challenges to the validity of any land use ordinance


Defining Ordinances


Zoning Hearing Board meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month of the calendar year. The meetings are held at 1pm and are located in the Council Chambers of the City of Erie Municipal Building, 626 State Street, Erie PA 16501.

Agendas & Minutes

Zoning Hearing Board Agendas
Zoning Hearing Board Minutes

Please contact the Zoning Office at (814) 870-1265 or (814) 870-1273 for information regarding the process for submitting applications to the ZHB.

  • Edward Dawson
    Second Term Ends: 12/31/2023
    John Reitinger
    Vice Chair
    Second Term Ends: 12/31/2024
    Mike Hornyak
    Third Term Ends: 12/31/2020
    Jeffrey Johnson
    First Term Ends: 12/31/2021
    Selena King
    Second Term Ends: 12/31/2022
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