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Requirements / Instructions / Criteria

Please be advised that any items that you wish the board to consider when hearing your request must be submitted by the cut-off date (see Meeting Schedule).  The Board will not consider any items that are presented the night of the meeting.  

All variances granted have a five-day waiting period.  Should you need a permit sooner, be sure to request a waiver of the five-day waiting period at the time of the meeting.  Please contact the Building Department 248-347-0415 for necessary permits.

Basketball Pole Variance
Multiple/Commercial/Industrial Application Requirements
Residential Application Requirements
Sign Criteria
Temporary Trailer Use
Temporary Use

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  1. BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATION must be submitted with a filing fee of $200.00. If violations exist or if a Citation has been issued, the filing fee is $250.00. Make checks payable to the City of Novi.
  2. Fourteen (14) copies of a Plot Plan showing the dimensions of the lot and the exact setbacks. Also show the distance from the house to the basketball pole and from the basketball pole to the front and side property lines.
  3. Approval from the Homeowners Association Architectural Control Committee is required if located in a platted subdivision or site condominium. Approval can be in the form of a letter or approved plan.
  4. Be prepared to explain the nature of the hardship at the Board of Appeals meeting.

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Multiple/Commercial/Industrial Application Requirements

  1. PLAN must be denied by the Planning Commission.
  2. BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATION must be submitted with the filing fee, which is $300.00.  If violations exist or if a Citation has been issued, the filing fee is $400.00.  Make checks payable to the City of Novi.
  3. Fourteen (14) copies of the SITE PLAN (folded) are needed with recommendation of the Novi Planning Commission.
  4. Be prepared to explain the nature of the practical difficulty or hardship at the Board of Appeals meeting.  (Please refer to the elements of practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship and additional ordinance standards).

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Residential Application Requirements

  1. BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION must be denied.
  2. BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATION must be completed.  A fee of $200.00 is required for existing Single Family Residential and $250.00 for new Single Family Residential.  If a Notice of Violation exists or if a Citation has been issued, the filing fee will be an additional $50.00.  Make checks payable to the City of Novi.
  3. Fourteen (14) copies of a Plot Plan showing the dimensions of the house, addition and/or accessory structure to include the exact setbacks on the front yard, both side yards and the rear yard.
  4. Approved Plans or a Letter of Approval from the Homeowners Association Architectural Control Committee is required if located in a platted subdivision or site condominium.
  5. Be prepared to explain the nature of the practical difficulty or hardship at the Board of Appeals meeting.  (Please refer to the elements of practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship and additional ordinance standards).
  6. A BUILDING PERMIT is required within 180 days after the variance is granted and before construction of the building or addition.  After 180 days, the variance is void.

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Sign Criteria

  1. SIGN PERMIT APPLICATION must be denied.
  2. BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATION must be completed and include a $300.00 filing fee.  If a Notice of Violation exists or if a Citation has been issued, the filing fee will be $400.00.  Make checks payable to the City of Novi.
  3. Fourteen (14) copies of a SCALED DRAWING indicating location, overall dimension and sign verbiage.
  4. Be prepared to explain the nature of the practical difficulty at the Board of Appeals meeting.  (Please refer to the elements of practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship and additional ordinance standards).
  5. A SIGN PERMIT must be obtained within 180 days after a sign variance is granted and before erecting the sign.  After 180 days, the variance is void.
  6. A “mock up” sign must be erected at least one week prior to the meeting.
  • Where a Variance related to the size of a sign is requested, a rendering, specimen, or “mock up” of the proposed sign, as well as a rendering of the size sign permitted by Ordinance (permitting a comparison) shall be available for inspection by the Board prior to consideration of the Variance.
  • SHOULD A “MOCK UP” SIGN BE DENIED AT THE ZBA MEETING, IT MUST BE REMOVED WITHIN FIVE WORKING DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE MEETING UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED BY THE BOARD AT THAT MEETING

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Temporary Trailer Use

  1. PERMIT APPLICATION must be denied.
  2. BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATION must be submitted with the filing fee, which is $300.00 for a Single Family Residential Zoned District or $400.00 for Commercial/Multiple/Industrial Zoned District.  Make checks payable to the City of Novi.
  3. Fourteen (14) copies of the PLOT PLAN showing dimensions of the trailer with the exact setback from the front yard, both side yards and rear yard.  Also, show the proposed parking area.
  4. Be prepared to explain the nature of the practical difficulty or hardship at the Board of Appeals meeting.  (Please refer to the elements of practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship and additional ordinance standards).
  5. A BUILDING PERMIT must be obtained within 180 days after a temporary use variance is granted and before placement of the trailer and/or other use.  After 180 days, the variance is void.

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Temporary Use

  1. BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATION must be completed. The filing fee for Single Family Residential zoned district is $200.00. Commercial/Multiple/Industrial zoned districts have a filing fee of $300.00. Make checks payable to the City of Novi.
  2. Fourteen (14) copies of a Plot Plan showing the dimensions and the exact setbacks on the front yard, both side yards and the rear yard of all buildings on the lot.
  3. Be prepared to explain the nature of the hardship at the Board of Appeals meeting. (Please refer to important information regarding ZBA procedures).