Administrative Variance

The City Council has authorized Planning staff to grant variances in areas of the City zoned R-1 and R-2 wherein the following situations exist:

  1. The provision to be varied concerns garage setbacks.
  2. The amount of variance to any other setback is 5 feet or less.
  3. The result would be a variance in the size or frontage of the lot not to exceed a 5% deviation from the minimum requirements, as provided otherwise in City Code.
  4. The applicant submits a petition signed by 100% of the adjacent landowners approving the variance.

Application & Filing Requirements 

The Administrative Variance application is available through our online permitting system (Accela) and can be accessed via the Citizen Access portal linked above. Before you submit an application, please be sure to discuss your project with a Planner to ensure this is the correct application for you. 


In addition to the online application, supplemental documents and plans may be required. Please access the link below detailing the supplemental items required for this application, in addition to the procedural details staff follows to process your application. All supplemental items must be emailed to a Planner after submitting the application online.

Administrative Variance - Filing Requirements & Procedure

If you need assistance with the online system, please use the reference guide below or contact us at 651-249-2312:

  1. Registering for an Account
  2. Submitting an Application