Real Estate Glossary

What is Zoning Variance?

A zoning variance is a request for an exception to the zoning laws in a particular area. It allows for a property owner to use their land in a way that is not normally allowed by the zoning laws in that area. For example, a property owner may request a variance to build a taller building than is normally allowed in a particular zone, or to use a property for a different type of use than is allowed. Variance requests are typically reviewed by a local government body, such as a zoning board or city council, which will consider factors such as the impact on the surrounding community and the intent of the zoning laws when making their decision.