What is a Special Exception?

Special Exceptions are used by the Planning Commission to approve uses on a case-by-case basis.  To approve a special exception, the Planning Commission must deem that the application meets all of the Special Exception Criteria.  This is due to the fact that uses that are labeled as "special exceptions" have the potential to negatively affect other land uses.  Additionally, the special exception process is used to control nonconforming ("grandfathered") uses. When seeking to change, alter, reestablish or repair a nonconforming use,a special exception must be approved. Click here to view the section controlling nonconforming uses.

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1. How is my property zoned?
2. How do I open a business in Natchez?
3. How do I know if I am in the Historic District?
4. What is zoning?
5. Can I operate a Bed and Breakfast or Guest House in Natchez?
6. Do I need a permit to paint my house?
7. Can I operate a business out of my home?
8. What are the setbacks (dimensional standards) for my property?
9. What is a Variance?
10. What is a Special Exception?
11. Can I rezone my property?
12. What are the regulations on building a fence in Natchez?
13. What payment methods are accepted for Planning or Preservation applications?