What is a variance and how do I obtain one?

A variance is a relaxation of the terms of the Zoning Ordinance. Variances may only be authorized for height, area, and size of structures, or size of yards and open spaces. An application to obtain a variance can be found under Zoning Applications on the Current Planning and Zoning Overview page. Variances may be approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment when the variance will not be contrary to the public interest, and, where due to the peculiar conditions of the property, literal enforcement of the Ordinance would result in an unnecessary and undue hardship.

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1. Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
2. Do I need a permit to build a fence?
3. Do I need a permit to put up a sign?
4. Do Zoning staff regulate animal issues?
5. Do Zoning staff regulate noise issues?
6. How can I find out the zoning of my property?
7. Is a permit required to operate a Residential Care Facility?
8. What are subdivision regulations?
9. What are the regulations for home occupations?
10. What are zoning regulations?
11. What is a Conservation Overlay District (COD), and what can I do within a COD?
12. What is a Unified Development Ordinance?
13. What is a variance and how do I obtain one?
14. What is required by the Zoning office to open a business in New Hanover County?