Detailed information about the variance process and requirements can found in the Vermont Fire & Building Safety Code. All variance requests must be submitted to the Regional Office having jurisdiction where the building is located.
Minimum Required Information Needed:
- Evidence that the proposed or existing building or premises is not in compliance with this Code.
- Evidence, letters, statements, test results, construction documents, computations, chemical and physical properties or other supporting information as prepared by licensed or certified professionals that is required to justify the request.
- Evidence that strict compliance with the Code would entail practical difficulty, unnecessary hardship or otherwise found unwarranted.
- Evidence that any such variance or exemption secures the public safety and health and that the methods, means or practices proposed provide equal protection of the public safety and health.
A request for a variance relating to access to a public building for people with disabilities shall be referred for decision to the Access Board established under Title 20 V.S.A. chapter 174. A request for a variance from the 2012 Vermont Fire & Building Safety Code for historical buildings that is not resolved under section 8(a) shall be determined by the Historic Variance Appeals Board as established by 20 V.S.A. 2732. A complete historical library of approved and denied variances can be accessed by contacting any of the Regional Offices.