Boards & Commissions

The Planning Department provides staff liaisons to nine boards and commissions. Members of these boards and commissions are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and the Durham City Council.
  1. Board of Adjustment (BOA)

    The Board of Adjustment (BOA) holds quasi-judicial public hearings to determine requests made by property owners in the City and County of Durham for minor and custodial care special use permits, variances, and appeals of administrative interpretations or decisions, as authorized by state law and local ordinance.

  2. City-County Appearance Commission (DCCAC)

    View agendas and minutes for the Appearance Commission and find out when they meet.

  3. Durham Open Space and Trails Commission (DOST)

    Durham Open Space and Trails (DOST)

  4. Environmental Affairs Board (EAB)

    The City of Durham and Durham County jointly established the Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) in 1991, in recognition of the importance of local cooperation on environmental issues. The EAB is an advisory board of appointed residents to provide the City and County with expert and comprehensive advice on various environmental matters. It also facilitates communication between the public and local government leaders.

  5. Historic Preservation Commission

    The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) holds quasi-judicial hearings to determine whether requested changes to the exterior of historic district or landmark properties are appropriate by state law, local ordinance and historic preservation plans for the districts.

  6. Joint City-County Planning Committee

    The function of this committee is to expedite consideration by the two governing bodies of planning issues which affect both governments. The committee advises the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners and has no ultimate decision-making power.

  7. Planning Commission

    The responsibilities of the Durham Planning Commission are to propose, review and make recommendations on city or county wide plans; to review and make recommendations on planning policies, comprehensive plan amendments, zoning map changes, proposed changes to development ordinances and Planning Department work program.