An exception to zoning codes and ordinances. This does not change the zoning laws. If a property owner wishes to make improvements or changes to his or her property that do not follow local zoning requirements, that property owner must first obtain a zoning variance from the zoning authority. For example, if a developer wishes to convert a current warehouse zoned manufacturing into a residential condominium project, that developer must first obtain a variance. For more information, see the "Zoning and Building Codes" article in the "Real Estate In-Depth" section.
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