An applicant must obtain a letter of denial which states why the proposal does not comply with the provisions of the USDO. The applicant must then submit the appropriate application forms based on the type of relief or variance from the code which they are seeking. This can be an area variance, use variance, interpretation, or a substitution of nonconforming uses. The application forms are available on the city website, here, and contain filing instructions and a list of required documents. The fee schedule can be found here. The application fee may be submitted via check or money order, made out to the City of Albany Treasurer. It is recommended that you contact the Department of Planning and Development prior to submitting an application.