Every district has its own zoning laws, and Lynnwood and the surrounding areas are no exception. Zoning laws determine the geographical areas that can be allotted for residential use and which can be used for commercial purposes. The law also sets the guidelines for the construction of new structures. It may, for example, establish the maximum height limit of buildings. Individuals and businesses, however, may be granted special permission to bypass zoning laws. This can be done by applying for a land use variance in Lynnwood.
Land Use Variance Types
Land use variances fall into two categories:
Area variance – This grants you permission to deviate from local building codes. Examples include adding a second story or setback to a building.
Use variance – Allows you to use the property in a way that’s normally prohibited. Examples include an accountant or barber setting up shop in a residential area.
How Land Use Variances Work
You can learn more about the specific details by visiting Seattle’s official government site. Keep in mind that a land use variance is not granted merely because you want an exemption from zoning laws. Under Seattle ordinance, you have to demonstrate that current zoning laws create some form of hardship. You also have to show that the variance does not put the safety of your neighbors and the public at risk.
Your application must also include detailed documentation and a proposal. Due to the complexity of the process, it’s recommended that you get consultation from a real estate lawyer. A lawyer can also help you file an appeal in the event your request is denied.
We’ll Walk You through the Land Use Variance Process
Legal restrictions on how you may use your property can greatly inhibit your residence or business. A land use variance provides an exception to Seattle’s complex zoning laws. Let Curtis & Casteel Law Group help you navigate through the cumbersome application procedure. Our firm has been specializing in real estate planning and escrow services for many years. We have helped many Seattle and Lynnwood homeowners and businesses successfully apply for a land use variance.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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