Originally Posted by COF
What was the reason the have for denial?
It was not a denial by the BATF, but a denial from the city.
You see in the little town in texas in which I live, there are various zones- residential R-1, commercial, etc.
A few weeks ago I called the city and asked if I could run a business from my home. I was told 'yes' by the city secretary. The BATF checked up on this and she was told 'no' by the building inspector... not the zoning guy, so I now have to get written permission from the city.
A week ago I had a sit down with the city building inspector and they said that the business could not exist because businesses are not allowed in my area (R-1 residential).
I pointed out that on my street alone there are 5 businesses run from homes. There are over 30 businesses run from homes in the entire city.
So either someone has gotten a variance, the city is ignoring the 30 illegal businesses, or someone is paying someone off.
I inquired about the other 30 and was told that 'we've never heard of them before'. BULL F*CKING SH*T!
They then changed their story and claimed that my business was not allowed because it was 'retail' (I would have the right to sell firearms), so I pointed out the jewelry maker, the book binder, the plumber who can order you a toilet - their reply was 'well we can't help that, but we'll investigate them'.
They then pulled state law on me and said that it would be illegal due to 'spot zoning.'
Spot zoning means you can't rezone a plot of land surrounded by different zoned land - you can't put a liquor store in the suburbs.
Apparently the zoning law says that the business is spot zoning if the neighbors are inconvenienced. Hell, one of them runs a photograph business and the other parks a 5 ton trailer in the street!
They looked up enough to damned me, but not enough to realize I was in the right! So now I have to have a meeting with the board of adjustments, which will either deny or grant my variance.
They will probably deny - so how do I get my refund of $200 for the denied application?