What is a Variance?

A variance is a request to deviate from current zoning requirements. If granted, it permits the owner to use his land in a way that is ordinarily not permitted by the zoning ordinance. It is not a change in the zoning law, but a waiver from the requirements of the zoning ordinance.

Use Variance

A use variance is asking for permission to establish a use of the property not otherwise, permitted, in the zoning district. The applicant must prove " unnecessary hardship." 

Area Variance

An area variance is permission to build in an otherwise restricted portion of the property (such as in the required front, side or rear yards, or above the required building height, or in excess of the lot coverage regulations).

For more information, please see the Zoning Board of Appeals Relief page.

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1. Where can I find the town’s zoning rules?
2. What is a Variance?
3. What does a setback mean?
4. Does my property line extend to the road pavement?
5. Why do I have to go to the Hyde Park ZBA to get approval for my project?
6. Is it legal to put yard sale signs on telephone poles?
7. Can I place a shed up to the property line?
8. Does the town enforce deed restrictions?
9. Can I submit a petition to the ZBA?
10. How do I report a zoning violation?
11. Can I Raise Chickens?