What is a Variance and when do I need one?

A Variance is a request to vary from what is permitted by the Prairie Township Zoning Resolution.

A Variance is needed when an applicant contacts the Zoning Department and is told that they cannot obtain a permit because the request does not comply with the Prairie Township Zoning Resolution. The applicant may appeal this decision to the Prairie Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). 

The Variance Application and BZA Meeting Schedule can be found on the Zoning Department's page.

The Zoning Inspector will provide the proper paperwork to the applicant and will file it with the Board when it is completed and returned.

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