Will the public have any input in whether my variance request is approved or denied?

Yes. The Board of Adjustment always takes into account the effect on the greater community, and specifically neighbors, before granting a variance. For this reason, property owners within a 300-foot radius of your property will be notified, by mail, of your variance request. Also, a legal notice is placed in the local newspaper, on the Cochise County website, and a sign is posted on the property. The Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the request. The applicant must appear at the public hearing to justify their request.

It is highly recommended that you visit or write your neighboring property owners and explain what you want to do. Sometimes a simple explanation will help them understand the project and prevent them from objecting. The Planning Division can assist in obtaining addresses.

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1. Do I qualify for a variance? What are peculiar conditions?
2. How long does the variance process take?
3. Will my building permit take longer to issue if I require a variance?
4. Will the public have any input in whether my variance request is approved or denied?