Apply for a Variance

A variance is a request by a property owner to modify existing zoning standards that apply to a property. For example, a reduction in the setback requirement from a property line, or additional height to a structure.

Process Steps

Step 1.Review the Variance Process Guide

  • Click HERE(PDF, 314KB) for the process guide and checklist of requirements for submitting a request
  • All variance requests are decided based on five main criteria, known as the "Five Findings"

Step 2.Submit General Application, including all supporting documentation

  • Email a completed General Application(PDF, 82KB) and supporting documentation in PDF format to planning@orovalleyaz.gov (preferred method)
  • You may also submit in person or by regular mail
  • Fees can by paid by cash, check or card
  • Submissions will not be reviewed until any fees due are paid

Step 3.Staff review and recommendation

  • Town staff will review application and send letter within ten (10) business days, including any comments or revisions that need to be addressed

Step 4.Present your case to the Board of Adjustment for public hearing and decision

  • Variance applications are heard by the Board of Adjustment (BOA), which is comprised of five (5) Oro Valley residents appointed by Town Council
  • Staff will schedule and notify you of your public hearing date
  • Unlike other Town boards and commissions, the BOA is a quasi-judicial board with the authority to grant/deny requests and their decisions are final (not passed on to Town Council)

Any decisions made by the Board of Adjustment can be appealed to the Pima County Superior Court within a certain time frame. Please review the Variance Process Guide(PDF, 314KB) for more information.