Process for Obtaining a Variance Obtaining a variance generally requires a property owner to file an appeal with their local zoning board of appeals ("ZBA"). The owner generally has to publish notice that it is pursuing such an appeal, and those who live near the property ("abutters") are generally provided notice as well.How do I apply for a zoning variance?
In order to obtain a zoning variance, the property or business owner usually must apply with the local zoning board, building inspector, or similar entity. The exact application process may vary according to the city or county. The board will then conduct a thorough analysis of all the factors involved.Do you need a zoning variance?
The zoning or planning board must give you the permit or variance before you can begin construction or use the building for business purposes. If you are planning to start a home-based business in a residential area, you may have to get a zoning variance, depending on the type of home business you are conducting.