What is a Variance?
A variance permits a reasonable deviation from the provisions in the zoning ordinance regulating the size or area of a lot or parcel of land, or the size, area, bulk or location of a building or structure when the strict application of the ordinance would result in unnecessary or unreasonable hardship to the property owner. Such need for a variance is not shared generally by other properties, and provided that such a variance is not contrary to the intended spirit and purpose of the ordinance, and if granted, would result in substantial justice being done. A granted variance becomes a vested right that is transferred with the property.

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1. When is a building/zoning permit required?
2. What is the minimum amount of acreage required to construct a single family dwelling?
3. What is a certified house location survey and when is it required?
4. May I have more than 1 dwelling on my property?
5. What are setbacks and how do I determine what the required setbacks are for my property?
6. What is an accessory building/structure?
7. May I construct an accessory building/structure before I build my house?
8. What are the setbacks for an accessory building?
9. Where and how do I get a 911 address?
10. What is a Rezoning?
11. What is a Use permit?
12. What is a Zoning Text Amendment?
13. What is a Proffer Amendment?
14. What is the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)?
15. What is a Variance?
16. What is a zoning Violation?