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What is a variance?


A variance is a request you place with your local government to deviate from current zoning requirements. It allows the property owner to make changes to a property that may not align with the current zoning requirements. It is not a change in zoning law, but permission to deviate from them.  

Some examples of variance requests:

  • Put in a basement ceiling if it will be less than building code requirements
  • Add a second story to a single story zone

See how JoAnna Anderson uses a variance in her recent rehab. 

To learn more about variances and local building code, please consult a qualified professional in your area.


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