What is a Zoning Variance?

A Zoning Variance is a request for a deviation from the requirements of the zoning regulations. For example, a deviation from the required setbacks or building height in a particular zone. Zoning Variance applications are reviewed by the Whitefish Community Development Board, and there are specific criteria which must be met in order for a variance to be approved. 

The criteria for review can be found in Section 11-7-7 of the City of Whitefish Zoning Regulations. In order for a variance request to be approved, all of the criteria must be met or found to be not applicable. 

The time frame from application submittal to final decision is approximately 2 months. To learn more about Zoning Variance or to obtain a copy of the Zoning Variance Permit application form, visit the Applications, Forms and Fee Schedule page.

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2. How do I find the current zoning on my property?
3. Do I need a building permit to construct a structure on my property?
4. What is a Conditional Use/Conditional Use Permit?
5. What is a Zoning Variance?
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