Variances are required if you need to depart from the provisions of the zoning ordinance. Variances relate to setbacks, lot size and frontage requirements, but do not involve the actual use or structure. (Use variances are prohibited.) You must demonstrate the hardship is peculiar to your property and not to other properties in the same zoning district. Variances are heard by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), which makes a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for final approval.
The County Code includes some uses that would be allowed only by special exception. Applications for special exception follow the same process as for variances—the request is heard by BZA, which makes a recommendation to the BCC for final approval. In making their decision, the BZA will determine whether the requested use is deemed compatible with the surrounding area and uses. Restrictions and conditions may be imposed by the BZA as part of their recommendation.
Contact: Zoning Division
- Rocco Relvini (407) 836-5386