Zoning Board of Appeals

Zoning Board of Appeals
c/o Town Plan and Zoning Department
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Meeting Updates



The Zoning Board of Appeals grants variances and special permits, hears and acts upon appeals from rulings from the Zoning Enforcement Officer, and grants applications for location approvals for automotive uses.


The Zoning Board of Appeals generally meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm both virtually and in-person in the First Floor Conference Room in The Honorable John J. Sullivan Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road; June, July and August Meetings begin at 2:00 pm (see Zoning Board of Appeals Dates and Deadlines.)

All schedules and locations are subject to change. Please check the Town Meetings Calendar for cancellations or location changes. For up-to-the minute docket updates, call the office directly @ 203-256-3050.  

Video recording of our meetings can be found by clicking this link Meeting Recordings

About the Zoning Board of Appeals

Term Length: One Two Year Term, Seven Four Year Terms
# of Members: Eight (Five Regular Members with Three Alternates)
Appointing Body: Elected
Party Balance Required?: Yes
Defined In: Town Charter - Article VIII


The Connecticut General Statutes state that in each municipality having a Zoning Commission there shall be a Zoning Board of Appeals.

Powers and Duties

The Zoning Board of Appeals can grant variances and special permits, to hear and act upon appeals from rulings from Zoning Enforcement Officers, and to grant applications for location approvals for automotive uses.

Member Listing

# Name (Party) Title Term
1 Brian Avallone (D) Chairman 11/2021 -  11/2025
2 Joseph Schwartz (D)   11/2023 - 11/2027
3 Jane Gitlin Nishball (D) Secretary 11/2023 - 11/2027
4 Katie O’Grady (R) Vice Chairperson 11/2023 - 11/2027
Christine Hogan (D)   11/2023 - 11/2025
ALT1 Faith Dillon (R) Alternate 11/2021 -  11/2025
ALT2 Harold Zawadski (D) Alternate 11/2021 -  11/2025
ALT3 Elise McKay (D) Alternate 11/2021 -  11/2025