A Variance allows for a departure from the required zoning standards of the Unified Development Code (UDC). Variances are intended to resolve practical difficulties created when the literal enforcement of the zoning requirements would result in unnecessary, physical hardships resulting from the following:
- Size, shape, or dimensions of a site
- Location of existing structures on the site
- Geographic, topographic, or other physical conditions on the site
Note: Financial and/or economic hardships are not sufficient grounds for a variance.
What are the Criteria for Approval?
A Variance may be granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) only if meeting all of the following general requirements, per Section 3.15.030 of the UDC:
- There are extraordinary or special conditions affecting the land
- It will not be detrimental to the public heath, safety or welfare
- The conditions that create the need for the Variance do not apply to neighboring property
- The conditions that create the need for the Variance are not the result of the applicant’s own actions
- The Variance does not conflict with the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the UDC
- The application of a UDC provision would prohibit or restrict utilization of the property
What do I need for an Application?
Prior to making an application, a Pre-Application Conference is required. Please see the front desk or call 930-3575 to set up an appointment. Other requirements for an application include:
- Fee: https://udc.georgetown.org/development-manual
- Justification for the Variance*
- And any other information required by the Variance Checklist*
* See the Development Manual for detailed information required by the checklist – udc.georgetown.org/development-manual
What is the Approval Process?
- Timeline: 45 days (approximate) from Application Deadline
- Approval Authority: Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)