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Zoning Variances

The Board of Adjustment is responsible for the hearing and deciding of appeals to the Zoning Ordinance and applications listed below, and has the necessary authority to ensure compliance. Due to case load, the cases are divided into Residential and Commercial (non-residential) boards.

  1. Variance. To authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest
  2. Special Exception. To decide upon applications for special exceptions when the use or development is specifically authorized under the Zoning Ordinance subject to the approval of the Board of Adjustment. Special exceptions that may be permitted by the Board of Adjustment are specified in the use tables in Chapter 4, Articles 6 and 8.
  3. Interpretation. To render an interpretation of those provisions of the Zoning Ordinance where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an official in the administration of such provisions. In reaching its decision, the Board of Adjustment shall establish firm guidelines for future administrative actions on like matters.
  4. Split-Zoned Lot. The Board of Adjustment may approve the extension of a use to the lot line or for a distance of not more than 100 feet where the boundary line of a district either divides a lot held in single ownership on October 1, 1940, or divides a lot held in single ownership as of the date of subsequent annexation of said lot.

Filing Fees

  • Residential (Owner-Occupied) Variance $300.00*
  • Non-Residential Variance $500.00*
  • Residential (Owner-Occupied) Special Exception $400.00*
  • Non-Residential Special Exception $750.00*
  • Interpretations $400.00

Note: Fees are non-refundable after legal notices are mailed * Plus $75 for each additional variance within the same application.

Applications

Applications for a variance may be filed by the owner of property or an authorized agent, by the Planning and Development Department upon recommendation of the Zoning Commission, Plan Commission, Board of Adjustment or City Council. Application may be filed at City Hall, Lower Level, Northeast Corner. For application information, go to Applications and Forms.

Meeting Calendar

Filing Deadline (5 p.m.) Agenda Posted Hearing Date
April 17, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 17, 2017
May 15, 2017 June 9, 2017 June 21, 2017
June 19, 2017 July 7, 2017 July 19, 2017
July 17, 2017 Aug. 4, 2017 Aug. 16, 2017
Aug. 21, 2017 Sept. 8, 2017 Sept. 20, 2017
Sept. 18, 2017 Oct. 6, 2017 Oct. 18, 2017
Oct. 16, 2017 Nov. 3, 2017 Nov. 15, 2017
Nov. 20, 2017 Dec. 8, 2017 Dec. 20, 2017
Dec. 17, 2017 Jan. 5, 2018 Jan. 17, 2018

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Criteria Regulating Variance Requests

Sect. 3.403 of the Zoning Ordinance establishes five evaluation criteria for consideration by the Board when reviewing and deciding upon requested variances to the Zoning Ordinance. The applicant is encouraged to be prepared to respond to these criteria:

  1. Will literal enforcement of the ordinance result in a hardship or practical difficulty?
  2. Is the “hardship” self-imposed?
  3. Is the condition unique to the property, or is it common to other properties within the area?
  4. Will the requested Variance injure the adjacent property?
  5. Will the requested variance be contrary to orderly development in the area?

Hearing Process

The applicant, or authorized agent, must be present at the hearing to present one’s appeal. Otherwise, the board may deny the case. The Planning & Development Department will mail a hearing notice to all property owners within 300 feet of the application site, not less than ten days prior to the date of the hearing.

Applicant’s Responsibility

Applicants are responsible for the presentation of their case before the Board, and to provide support information to include, but not limited to the following items. Staff will provide support services only.

  • Surrounding land use supporting the request.
  • Description of the “Hardship(s)” that necessitate the request.
  • Reason(s) for appearing before the Board (i.e. Code Violation, Citizen Complaint, Building Inspector noted permit violation, etc.)
  • Reasons why the Board should grant the applicant’s request.
  • More information concerning the process may be found in the application.

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Zoning Questions

Telephone
Zoning: 817-392-8028
Urban Forestry: 817-392-7933
Board of Adjustment: 817-392-8026

Email
zoninglanduse@fortworthtexas.gov

UrbanForestry@fortworthtexas.gov

Fax
817-392-7526

Location
City Hall
200 Texas St.
Lower Level, Northeast Corner
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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