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Board of Adjustment (Variance)

The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board consisting of five (5) members appointed by the City Council. After an application is submitted, the Board hears the case and decides whether the request should be granted based on the review criteria set forth in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). As a quasi-judicial body, the decisions of the Board are final. Appeals of the Board’s decision can be appealed to Circuit Court within 30 days of the decision.

A variance may not be used to:

  • permit a principal use in a zoning district that is not otherwise allowed in that district;
  • waive, modify or otherwise vary any of the subdivision design or improvement standards of Article 6, Subdivision Design Improvements;
  • waive, modify or amend any definition or use classification;
  • waive, modify or otherwise vary any of the review and approval procedures; or
  • waive, vary, modify or otherwise override a condition of approval or requirements imposed by another decision-making body.


Planning & Zoning Application

Board of Adjustment Application Information

In addition to the application above, these documents will also need to be submitted:

You can submit your application and attachments via email to  In order to be considered a complete application, after you email the documents, you will need to call 816.325.7109 (opt. 9) to make a credit card payment over the phone.  


Independence City Hall Council Chambers

3rd Thursday of each month

6:30 p.m.

2021 Board of Adjustment Schedule

Agendas and Minutes

  • Agendas are available prior to the meetings
  • Minutes are available following approval.