What is a variance?

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.

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1. What is a special use?
2. What is a variance?
3. How can I tell if a use is allowed on my property?
4. Do I need approval to run a business out of my home?
5. How do I submit a request for a Variance or Special Use Permit?
6. Can I speak with Board of Adjustment members about my case prior to the hearing?