What is a Variance?



Do I need a variance?      How does this affect my project?

It’s not uncommon for a project to require a variance from the local zoning Board of Adjustment. A variance is a deviation from the "bulk requirements" or standards for the zone in which your project is located. These requirements are determined solely by the municipality on which your project is located and are subject to the interpretation of your local zoning officials. It's not uncommon for a project to require a variance from the local zoning Board of Adjustment.

During the course of the preliminary design and design development phase, we do a zoning analysis of your proposed project. If, during the course of design, we determine that you need a variance, the general procedure is the same for all municipalities.

Each project must be reviewed for local zoning ordinance compliance. Projects requiring a bulk variance must have an application filed with the local official (Owner’s Responsibility) and a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA). We recommend that a lawyer be retained to perform any variance application and presentation. Our office will be present, as required by the lawyer, to provide expert testimony regarding the project. The decision rendered by the ZBA of Planning Board (PB) are final and our office makes no guarantee as to the successful outcome of ANY project required to go before either the ZBA or PB.

Can a bulk variance be avoided?

We may be able to make design modifications to avoid a variance. But sometimes the need for a variance is unavoidable due to existing circumstances or design constraints.

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