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Zoning codes determine the size, location and use of structures but, if someone wants to deviate from the zoning regulations, he or she must apply for a variance to change the code. Since zoning laws vary from state to state, it is important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the particular zoning codes in your jurisdiction if you are applying for variances.
Procedures for Variances
The procedures required to file for variances may include:
- Obtaining permission from the local governing body
- Holding a public hearing
- Appearing before the local planning commission
- Obtaining permission from neighbors
If you have a zoning problem and require help in obtaining variances, an experienced real estate attorney in your area can help you to understand the local zoning requirements and advise you regarding the best legal options.