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Board Of Zoning Appeals

A variance is a request to deviate from the current zoning requirements. if granted, it permits the owner to use the land in a manner not otherwise permitted by the adopted zoning and land use regulations. A variance acts as a relief valve for property owners who have unique circumstances that the existing regulations do not strictly account for. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals has broad powers which differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The authority granted to the Board of Zoning Appeals in Douglas County generally are to consider:

  • appeals of administrative orders, requirements, decisions, or determinations;
  • setback requirements;
  • signage regulations, to include size, location, and lumination;
  • temporary second dwellings;
  • and more.
  1. That the variance request arises from such conditions that are unique to the property in question and not ordinarily found in the same zoning or district and are not created by actions of the property owner or applicant;
  2. That granting the variance would not adversely affect the rights of adjacent property owner or residents;
  3. That strict application of the regulations for which the variance is requested would constitute unnecessary hardship upon the property owner represented in the application;
  4. That the variance desired would not adversely affect the public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity, or general welfare; and
  5. That granting the variance desired would not be opposed to the general spirit and intent of these Regulations.

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Karl Bauer, County Planner


Agendas, Minutes, and Staff Reports on upcoming and prior Board of Zoning Appeals meetings. In an effort for increased transparency, agendas, minutes, and staff reports will regularly be posted for public access. If you seek additional information, please reach out to and include the meeting date and applicant name for faster response.