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Last Updated: 07/19/2022

Variance (VAR) from the Planning Code Supplemental

Pursuant to Planning Code Section 305, the Zoning Administrator shall hear and make determinations regarding applications for variances from the strict application of quantitative standards in the Planning Code.

This Supplemental Application also requires that a Project Application (PRJ) must be completed and/or attached – see the Project Application Informational Packet for instructions.

What happens once the variance is approved? How long is a variance approval good for?

Within approximately 30 to 60 days, the Zoning Administrator will issue a Variance Decision Letter. The authorization and rights vested by virtue of the decision letter shall be deemed void and cancelled if (1) a Building Permit has not been issued within three years from the effective date of the decision; or (2) a Tentative Map has not been approved within three years from the effective date of the decision for Subdivision cases; or (3) neither a Building Permit or Tentative Map is involved but another required City action has not been approved within three years from the effective date of the decision.

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For questions, you can call the Planning counter at 628.652.7300 or email pic@sfgov.org where planners are able to assist you.

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