When people or companies in Orlando look for a new place for their businesses, there are many factors that they need to consider prior to purchasing property. These decisions are generally based on the type of business and the type of property they need to maximize the profitability of the company. However, sometimes the property that they would like to use is in an area that is not zoned for the type of business activity that their business requires.

The company could decide to find a new location, but sometimes the location has everything the company is looking for and want to stay there. If that is the situation the company may be able to do this by seeking a variance in the zoning laws to allow them to operate there despite the current zoning laws prohibiting it. In order to do this, they need to apply for the zoning variance with the Board of Zoning Adjustments (“Board”). There will then be a public hearing on the issue and the Board will decide whether to allow the variance or not.

There are a number of requirements and information that people are required to submit to the Board though. The application must include:

  1. An accurate and up-to-date survey. There must be two copies of the survey submitted.
  2. The proposed building plan for the site. This must include the current location of trees on the property and which ones will be removed and which ones will stay.
  3. Drawings of signs to be used on the property. The drawings must include the proposed size of the signs, the type of sign being used and the location of the sign on the property.
  4. If the applicant does not currently own the property, then the applicant will need to submit an affidavit or produce a document demonstrating the owner’s approval or consent.

There are many factors that are used to determine whether to grant a variance or not in Orlando, but people need to submit the proper documents with the application before the Board will even consider the request. These can be complicated proceedings though and consulting with experienced attorneys could be helpful.