What is a variance and when will I need one?
A variance is a relaxation of the Code by the Board of Zoning Appeals, usually at the request of a property owner. Variances are requested when the applicant feels that a strict application of the Code creates an undue hardship. A request for variance must include a statement clearly defining how the Code causes this undue hardship. Variances are generally not granted for structures, uses, or conditions viewed as accessory to the property. For example, requesting permission to construct a garage that is taller than the Code allows will typically not be granted. The variance process, by design, places the burden on the applicant, and not all variances are granted. The variance hearing is public and property owners in the area will be given the chance to speak in favor of or opposition to the application.

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1. What is a variance and when will I need one?
2. How do I obtain a variance?
3. How do I obtain a Special Use Permit?
4. What are the required yard setbacks?
5. What percentage of a property can be occupied by structures and impervious surfaces?
6. How tall can my house, garage, or commercial building be?
7. Are there any special requirements for installing outside air conditioning units or other similar equipment?
8. What restrictions are there for improvements to properties located in the floodplain?
9. How do I know if my property is in the floodplain?
10. What rules apply to putting up a shed on my property?
11. What rules apply to putting up a fence, wall, or hedge on my property?
12. What rules are there regarding visibility obstructions on corner lots?