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What is a variance?
If a property owner wishes to make modifications to his or her property and the modifications will result in non-compliance with the zoning code, or if the property is already not in compliance (non-conforming), the property owner can appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Application must be made to staff who prepares it for the Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearing by placing a legal ad in the Enquirer, listserving it, sending it to surrounding property owners and posting it on the door and the website. Variance requests are typically dimensional items like oversized signs, decks, porches, additions, accessory structures, or other physical structures that don’t meet the setback. If a property owner wishes to appeal the decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals, he or she must appeal to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Council does not review variances.

It is important to note that the city charter states in Article VII, § 4: “The board of zoning appeals shall not grant a variance in any case in which the deviation from the existing zoning ordinance is so substantial that it is the equivalent of a change in the zoning district.” If the variance is the equivalent of a change in the zoning, it must go through the zone change process as described above.

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