A variance is a mechanism to obtain relief from the strict application of requirements such as:

  • Building height
  • Building setback, and
  • Yard requirements.
Variances are appropriate in situations where strict conformance would result in unusual practical difficulties or undue hardship for the owner of the property. For example, a lot might be so narrow as to make it impossible to observe the side yard setback requirements when building a home.

The City Council authorized to grant variances upon a recommendation from the Bowie Advisory Planning Board. The County Planning Board and District Council are also authorized to grant variances associated with development applications on which they take the final action.
Variance Application