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 and is due on 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. Approved variances are valid for a period of 12 months from the date of approval. If work authorized by the variance has not commenced within that time period, then the variance may be deemed expired.
Please submit the completed variance application and supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each applicant will receive instructions via email once the project has been entered into the eTRAKiT system and credit card payments may be made online at that time. Applications may also be delivered to the reception desk on the 2nd floor of City Hall in the Community Development Department at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland FL 33801. Checks must be made payable to the City of Lakeland.
The Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets every first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM in the City Commission Chamber of City Hall to review variance requests. The Board is made up of seven citizens appointed by the City Commission and is assisted by the staff of the Community Development Department. To apply for the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals please visit the City Clerk page.
During ZBAA meetings applicants seeking variances must demonstrate the special conditions and circumstances that exist which are unique to the land, structure, building or property involved and which are not applicable to other lands, structures, or buildings in the applicable zoning district. Staff from the Community Development Department review each application and make recommendations to the Board. The Board must determine that the special conditions presented by the applicant and staff do not result from the actions of the applicant and are not purely economic in nature and are unreasonable hardships that will not confer on the applicant any special privilege that is otherwise denied by the provisions of the Ordinance, and that not granting the request will constitute unnecessary and undue hardship on the applicant. The Board makes final decisions on cases that are presented and each variance is good for one year from the approval date.
2018 Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals Schedule
|Application Deadline||Send Letters||Packet Published||Date of Meeting|
|Wed, Dec 05||Thu, Dec 21||Thu, Dec 21||Wed, Jan 03|
|Fri, Jan 05||Thu, Jan 25||Thu, Feb 01||Tue, Feb 06|
|Mon, Feb 05||Thu, Feb 15||Thu, Mar 01||Tue, Mar 06|
|Mon, Mar 05||Thu, Mar 15||Thu, Mar 29||Tue, Apr 03|
|Thu, Apr 05||Thu, Apr 12||Thu, Apr 26||Tue, May 01|
|Mon, May 07||Thu, May 17||Thu, May 31||Tue, Jun 05|
|Tue, Jun 05||Thu, Jun 14||Thu, Jun 28||Tue, Jul 03|
|Fri, Jul 06||Thu, Jul 19||Thu, Aug 02||Tue, Aug 07|
|Mon, Aug 06||Thu, Aug 16||Thu, Aug 30||Wed, Sep 05|
|Wed, Sep 05||Thu, Sep 13||Thu, Sep 27||Tue, Oct 02|
|Fri, Oct 05||Thu, Oct 18||Thu, Nov 01||Tue, Nov 06|
|Mon, Nov 05||Thu, Nov 15||Thu, Nov 29||Tue, Dec 04|
|Wed, Dec 05||Thu, Dec 13||Thu, Dec 27||Thu, Jan 03|
Dates in bold font reflect deviations from the regularly scheduled day due to holidays.
Download and print a copy of the schedule here.
Chuck Gore, Chair
John Curls, Vice Chair
Kent Culberson, Alternate
Any correspondence to board members should be sent to:
(Board Member) c/o Brandy Gillenwater
Community Development Department
228 S Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801