An appeal may be taken to the Board of Adjustment (BOA) when a decision or determination made by staff or an enforcement action is believed to have been made in error.

Appeals may be filed by an aggrieved party, officer, department or board of the City affected by such decision, and are decided by the BOA following a quasi-judicial hearing.


  • A Pre-Application Conference is strongly recommended prior to submittal to discuss the application and process.
  • A written notice from the staff of the decision or determination being appealed.
  • The appeal must be filed within 30 days of receipt of the written notice.

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • A written decision is issued by the Board of Adjustment that may reverse, affirm or modify the decision being appealed.


  1. The aggrieved party submits an application, supplemental documents and fee.
  2. Applications are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing it through the process.
  3. Staff reviews the appeal application and notifies the applicant of any deficiencies. When the application is deemed sufficient, the appeal hearing before the Board of Adjustment is scheduled.
  4. A staff report is prepared and provided, along with the appeal application, to the Board of Adjustment prior to the hearing.
  5. Public notice of the application is provided by first class mailed notice, published notice and posted sign prior to the Board hearing.
  6. At the public hearing, the Board will hear from staff, the applicant, and any others with standing who want to speak on the matter.
  7. After all testimony is received, the Board of Adjustment will deliberate and render its decision, usually before adjournment of the hearing.
  8. A written Order of the Board, that formalizes the Board’s decision, is prepared, signed and delivered to the applicant.

Submittal Requirements

  1. Completed Appeal Application (PDF) submitted to the Planning and Development Department or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA)
  2. Application Fee
  3. Written statement of appeal, discussing the reasons why the appeal is being made, including ordinance references or other documentation supporting the appeal
  4. If submitting on ACA, attach a completed Board Action Application Signature Form (PDF).

Additional Information

  • Photographs, drawings, plats, other correspondence, etc. that depict or help explain or support the appeal argument.

Expected Processing Time

  • Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
  • If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies.
  • If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted. 
  • Approximately 24 business days from the monthly submittal deadline to the hearing and potential decision.


  • Application fee is due at time of submittal
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check