A variance may be granted only by the Board of Adjustment pursuant to Section 3-7.3. The variance process is a method of enabling property owners to make use of their property in a way that conflicts with the literal interpretation of the ordinance. More specifically, a variance grants relief from the Unified Development Ordinance. Use variances are not permitted under North Carolina state law. The Board of Adjustment makes its decision to approve or deny a variance request based upon specific criteria. Applicants are encouraged to discuss any variance application with staff prior to submittal.