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Variances

Variance requests are usually for relief from setback, lot coverage and building height requirements. The hardship must relate to special circumstances or conditions that are unique to the property and must not be purely economic or self imposed. Please review the directions included with the application for more information.

An application for a variance is made through the Community Development Department. The deadline is the 5th day of the month. The case will be heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals (ZBAA) the first Tuesday of the month following receipt of the application.

Please submit the completed application, supporting documentation and check (payable to the City of Lakeland) to Community Development, Attn: Brandy Gillenwater at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801. Electronic applications are welcome and can be sent to brandy.gillenwater@lakelandgov.net, and payment may be made via credit card once the project has been entered into the eTRAKiT system. Each applicant will receive instructions once projects are entered by the planning assistant into the eTRAKiT system. 

Variance Application 

Please email: Brandy Gillenwater if you need assistance.