A variance is a departure from dimensional terms of the Zoning Regulations pertaining to the height, width, length, or location of structures, and the size of yards and open spaces where such departures meet the following requirements: (1) the required variance arises from special circumstances which do not apply to land in the general vicinity, or in the same zone; (2) the strict application of the provisions of the Zoning Regulations would deprive the applicant of the reasonable use of the land or would create an unnecessary hardship on the applicant; and (3) the circumstances are the result of the actions of the applicant taken subsequent to the adoption of the Zoning Regulations from which relief is sought.

The Board of Adjustment (BOA) hears and decides on applications for variances. The BOA may impose any reasonable conditions or restrictions on any variance it decides to grant.