Why do I need a variance?

If you are proposing work that does not comply with the Zoning Regulations, you may apply for a zoning variance. A variance is an authorization to meet less than the full zoning requirement. Zoning variances are not granted automatically. A property owner must apply for a zoning variance with the Zoning Board of Appeals. After receiving the application, the Zoning Board of Appeals will schedule a public hearing, receive testimony and decide whether to grant or deny the request.