A Town of Union Official has just informed you that it is not possible for him to grant you a building permit. Do you have to do without that needed bedroom, the larger kitchen or the patio roof? The answer is "Not always"! Based on 1998 and 1999 figures, one building permit in every ten was denied for various reasons. This pamphlet will help explain the reason the permit request was denied and the procedure necessary to possibly receive permission to accomplish your project.
The building inspector did not listen to the reasons why I needed my request granted! It is not that the inspector didn't listen or didn't care about your problem. By law the Building Inspector has to enforce zoning law as written and does not have the power to grant permits based on one's personal needs. In some cases, the inspector may suggest alternatives, which can be approved. In other cases, he feels as helpless as the unsuccessful applicant for a Building Permit.
Why can't I do what I want to do?
In most cases, it is one of three reasons that your request was denied. The reason was probably one (or more) of the following items:
Code Staff assists applicants in preparing for applying for the necessary variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Town of Union has a pamphlet, which explains the variance procedure.