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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.Why do I need a zoning variance?
A variance is a form of equitable relief allowing the applicant to use his land in an efficient way by bypassing the local zoning laws. A vaiance is likely to be granted for unusual circumstances such as an especially narrow lot or a stream on the property making it especially difficult to comply with the local zoning ordinance.