Division of Industry Services Trades Program Petition for Variance

When there are unusual conditions or an alternative design the owner has the option of submitting a "Petition for Variance" to propose an alternate method of achieving the code intent. Anything in an administrative code can be petitioned, except for those items that are part of a state statute. Petitions for variances to state administrative codes are reviewed by staff or delegated authorities.

Petitions are not a means of avoiding the code, but rather a way to permit an alternate method of meeting the intent of the code. As part of the petition, the designer or owner must propose ways of providing an equivalent degree of safety. These alternate conditions, if approved, will be incorporated into the final petition.

A Petition for Variance can be submitted at any time; either prior to the plan submittal, during a plan review (if a problem with a code section is discovered during the review), or after review and approval of the plans (which might result, for example, from a change due to field conditions).

As it relates to petitions associated with buildings and structures, a position statement from the local building official is needed if they did the plan review or have related outstanding orders. In cases related to fire or life safety issues, the fire department position statement must be provided. (Overall, it is best to check with local fire department offices.


Forms

FormDescription

Technical Services
Commercal Buildings, HVAC, Plumbing, Private Sewage, Swimming Pools, Electrical, Flammable Liquids, Amusement Rides, UDC, Boilers, Elevators, Gas Systems, Refrigeration, Rental Weatherization.

SBD-9890X Petition for Variance Application (R05/2015)

FAQs

May I use the petition process to get around the intent of the code?

No. Petitions are not a means of avoiding the code, but rather a way to permit an alternate method of meeting the intent of the code. As part of the petition, the designer or owner must propose ways of providing an equivalent degree of safety. These alternate conditions, if approved, will be incorporated into the final petition.

 

Can I justify a petition by saying I don't want to pay what it costs to comply with the code?

No, that is not a significant factor. You must show you can provide equivalence with the code provisions you are petitioning.


Are there standard accepted petitions I can follow?

No. Each petition is considered on its own basis because each circumstance is in some way unique.


Must I complete the fire department position statement on the application?

In cases related to fire protection or prevention issues, yes. Overall, it is best to check with local fire department officials.


Must I complete the Municipal Building Inspection recommendation section on the application?

A position statement from the local building official is needed if they did the plan review or have related outstanding orders.


What is the petition fee?

See SPS 302.52, Fee Code.