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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Board of Adjustments & Appeals

Planning Unit - Call 928-771-3214 or email us at

What is the purpose of a Variance? Variances from the regulations of the Zoning Ordinance may be granted only when special conditions or circumstances affecting the property deprive that property of privileges enjoyed by other properties in the vicinity within the same zone. In other words, a variance can permit exceptions to zoning rules, such as setbacks, lot areas and widths, building heights, and so forth. Variances cannot be granted to change the zoning or allow non-permitted uses on a property. They are intended to relieve particular landowners from unique hardship due to a parcel’s size, shape, topography or location. Variances are appropriate only to bring applicants to a substantial parity with other owners in the zone and not to give an applicant a better position than that enjoyed by neighbors.

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 11-807, County Boards of Adjustment have the authority to “allow a variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance when, owing to peculiar conditions, a strict interpretation would cause unnecessary hardship, if in granting such variance the general intent and purpose of the zoning ordinance will be preserved.” 

Note: A pre-application meeting is required prior to submittal of application. For more information please call 928-771-3214 or email Staff requires adequate review times prior to placing a project on the schedule. All public hearing application filing fees are non-refundable regardless of approval or denial and must be paid at the time of application submittal. Public Hearing Application Fees are based on the complexity of the proposed use, acreage involved, and changes in density. Due to our current workloads, hearings and prior requests already in the queue the average response time is anywhere between 3 to 7 business days

Director of Development Services

David Williams


Prescott Office:
1120 Commerce Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
Phone: (928) 771-3214
Fax: (928) 771-3242
Assistant Director Development Services

Jeremy Dye

Assistant Director

Cottonwood Office:
10 S. 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Phone: (928) 639-8151
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