Varick Planning and Zoning
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Town of Varick 

Planning and Zoning

Seneca County:   Town of Varick
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Varick has enacted land use rules that are intended to preserve the quality of life its residents value. If you are planning to build, start or expand a business, or subdivide your property, you will probably need some kind of approval from the Town.

Short term vacation rentals are a new commercial use  in the Town of Varick. Please see the July 2022 revision for the current requirements. 

Varick Land Use Regulations

The Zoning Code governs land use. The uses are different in each district. Most recent amendment: July 2022.
The Zoning Map shows where the different zones are. Scroll down for an overview.
The Subdivision Code provides requirements to separate one lot into two or more. Every subdivision requires approval as of 2010.
Comprehensive Plan sets our goals for the future.


The Code Enforcement Officer issues zoning permits and provide information on the codes.
   Tim Dorn 5549 Route 89 Romulus, NY 14541 315-549-7673
The Zoning Board of Appeals issues variances if your intended use doesn't quite fit the letter of the code, but meets the intent of the code.
    Annie Bachman, Chair annie@lakeshorewinery.com
The Planning Board develops code revisions when necessary, approves subdivisions and conducts site plan review on Special Uses.
   Linda Mastellar, Chair. 315-382-6070 or lmastellar@rochester.rr.com


Zoning Compliance Permit application and checklist are available at the ZBA website

A form is available to simplify application for minor subdivisions.

Some applications require a SEQR Short EAF Part I and an Agricultural Data Statement

map of zoning districts

In addition to the Zoning Districts of the Town of Varick, the Seneca County Agricultural District encompasses most of the town. In this district, agricultural activities are subject to state "Right to Farm" laws which take precedence over town regulations.

Town Fee Schedule

Filing Fee Year set

Special Use Permit



Site Plan Review



Lot Line adjustment 



Minor Subdivision (up to and including 4 lots)

plus $50 per lot


Major Subdivision (preliminary plat) (5 or more lots)

plus $50 per lot


Major Subdivision (final plat)  (Five or more lots)

$1000 plus $100 per lot


Short Term Rental Application (includes first year if approved)



Short Term Rental Annual Renewal

$250 2022

In addition, Local Law #2 of 2022 provides for the applicant to cover certain engineering and legal expenses associated with the process.

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