Require a Variance?
The word “Variance” regarding property in Los Angeles is as common as the word “maybe” prior to running the city hurdles, hoping an exception or “acception” (in this case) will grant your objective.
Why would I need a Variance?
Simply, because current code requirements do not allow your property to obtain permits for whatever it is you are trying to achieve. For Example: Your unapproved Guesthouse is too close to the property line, so an application is filed to gain legal acceptance for your setback condition.
How long does a Variance take?
A typical Variance from research to the decision date takes approximately ten months. The hearing date is scheduled for roughly seven months in advance. If you have been cited by the city, the Variance process puts a hold on the specific item you are applying your Variance towards, so all steps can run their course.
Is a Variance costly?
It can be. At the bare minimum, you will be paying for city fees that start in the low thousands.
Can I file a Variance myself in Los Angeles?
Yes, but if you are not as experienced as a professional that deals in city housing matters, it is not recommended. We recommend using a company like Windrich who deals with the Los Angeles bureaucracy and sees the challenges for denial in advance.
I know I need a Variance. What now?
Before you commit to absorbent city fees, let Windrich start your research to determine the probability of approval or denial. Our Variance Department is dedicated to achieving your goals, working to win your case. Call to speak to a representative today about your Variance needs.