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 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.

Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals

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.

 7-6-17 Meeting Agenda

9-6-17 Meeting Agenda

ZBAA Board Members


Chuck Gore, Chair

John Curls, Vice Chair

Lolita Berrien

Kristen Carlson

Steve McConn

Mike Musick

Daniel Lauk

Eden Konishi, 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