What is the Board of Adjustment?
The Board of Adjustment is comprised of five members and two supernumerary members appointed by the City Council. The Board hears and makes final decisions on requests for variances from the Zoning Ordinance and appeals of decisions by the Community Development Department. The Board of Adjustment meets the third Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 4099 Orange Beach Boulevard.
What is a variance?
A variance is a deviation from the literal provisions of the Zoning Ordinance when strict conformity would cause an unnecessary hardship owing to circumstances unique to the property on which the variance is granted. To authorize a variance, the Board of Adjustment must find that the request meets the six provisions outlined in Section 11.06 of the Zoning Ordinance.