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Procedure for Obtaining a Variance


  • After a written denial of a building permit, a property owner may make application for a variance, using the appropriate form available at City Hall. The application is made to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

  • The application shall be accompanied by a fee of $25.00 payable to the Town of Dover.


  • The Board of Zoning Appeals shall hold a hearing to decide whether a variance from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance is necessary to relieve unnecessary hardships depriving the property owner of the reasonable use of his/her land.

(Property owner or his/her agent must be present.)

  • At its discretion, the Board of Zoning Appeals may hold a Public hearing on the case.

  • The Board of Zoning Appeals shall consider and decide all applications for variances within thirty (30) days of such hearing and in accordance with the standards provided in Section 7.080, Variances of the Dover Zoning Ordinance.



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