Zoning Case Types:
A Special Exception allows uses that are not normally permitted in a particular zoning district upon a demonstration that the use will comply with special conditions and standards for location and operation. Examples include day care centers in residential districts or electric substations in commercial districts. Applications are reviewed by the county staff and a written recommendation is forwarded to the applicant and Hearing Examiner prior to the public hearing.
Special Exception Process:
The applicant for a Special Exception is required to submit a completed application and fee pursuant to the county fee schedule.
The average time to complete the Special Exception process is generally 4-5 months. The decision of the Hearing Examiner is final and appeals of the final decision are made to the Circuit Court.
The general process for Special Exceptions is shown below. Click here to view the process along with approximate time frames.
Application submitted to permitting
Staff review and written recommendation
Hearing Examiner public hearing
Final decision issued by Hearing Examiner
For further information, you may contact the Division of Zoning.