When you want to use the property for a purpose that differs from what it has been zoned for, you will likely need to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). While CUPs don’t allow for the property to be used for purposes that are directly prohibited by local zoning laws, it’s possible for a CUP to expand the types of uses that are allowed on the property, as long as you provide and/or adhere to the Conditions that are set forth by the Authority.
A CUP must take any local ordinance requirements into account before you are able to obtain one. In most situations, a public hearing will be held to determine if your request for a CUP should be granted. Before you begin the process of applying for a conditional use permit, it’s important that you understand how this permit works and how it differs from a variance. This article provides a comprehensive overview of conditional use permits.
- A conditional use permit allows for other types of uses on the property that are normally prohibited.
- Your local zoning ordinance will determine whether or not your property will qualify for a conditional use permit, check with your Planning Department.
- There are a variety of standards you may want to consider before applying for a conditional use permit.
It’s important to note that ordinance requirements can differ with each zone. For instance, certain ordinances require that any conditional use permit adheres to the extensive land-use plan put forth by the municipality. It’s also likely that the permit will need to be compatible with any nearby properties. Additional standards could be set for specific land uses, which could include hours for business operation, landscaping plans, and off-street parking areas.