Variances

New Construction & Renovation Processes

Most people first learn about the NPU when they apply for a building permit and discover that they need a variance.

Do you need a building permit?

Some renovations and repairs will require a building permit. Check this list to see if one is required.  If so, find a link to the types of permits here.

Click on the image for the type of permit you require (i.e. residential or commercial) and find specific information, forms, etc.

Have you been told you need a zoning variance?

If so you can find information including forms and checklists for the full city process here

When you make your initial application for building permit with the city, if a variance is required they will provide you with a case number. V-19-204 would indicate the 204th variance application issued in 2019. The progress of your application through the system will be tracked by this number.

As a part of the zoning variance process you will need to meet with the relevant neighborhood association who may ask to conduct a site visit, as well as the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU-F).  Find information to help you through that sub-process here.

Note that many existing single-family residences within NPU-F are non-conforming for the zoning code – typically because the lot size is smaller than required and/or because the structure impinges on required front, side or rear yard setbacks from the property line. For this reason, variance requests for renovation projects and new construction are very common in this NPU.

Have you been told you need a zoning change, Special Use Permit or Special Administrative Permit?

If so, you can find information including forms and checklists for the full city process here

As a part of the zoning change process you will need to meet with the relevant neighborhood association and also your Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU-F). Find information to help you through that sub-process here.

What do the various zoning classifications mean?

The zoning code for the city of Atlanta includes classifications for residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses as well as historic and landmark districts.

Within each of the classifications there are sub-classifications. Find a listing of all current zoning classifications here. Find information about how a particular property is zoned here.

Do you need to access application documents for variance or zoning change requests that have been heard or are pending before the NPU?

Then please fill out our contact form below and select the subject “Access application documents for variance or zoning change requests”. We are happy to assist you.

Important Neighborhood Contacts

Councilmember Jennifer Ide:
404-330-3049 jnide@atlantaga.gov

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