Home Ownership, Zoning, and Variances

Can I Get A Variance to Put This Up?

You have big plans for your home. You might have a native garden in mind. Or your plans might involve putting a little cottage in back of the main house. Maybe it’s a solar system you want. Or maybe it’s a simple, rustic fence. Perhaps you’re keen to start a home-based business, or offer space to college students.

But what happens if your best-laid plans collide with your town’s zoning rules?

That doesn’t mean you’ve hit a wall. A deviation from the rules might be OK — with permission. Often, this means requesting a variance. Without further ado, here are a few practical things to know about variances.

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