Development Variance Permits may, by resolution of Council, vary the provisions of a number of District bylaws

A Development Variance Permit Application may be applied for to vary a regulation(s) of the Zoning Bylaw, the Subdivision Servicing Bylaw, or the Sign Bylaw. A Development Variance Permit cannot vary the use of land or density. In these cases a rezoning would be required.

Application Process

If your project requires a Development Variance Permit, please complete a Development Variance Permit Application and submit it to the Main Office (136 Spruce Avenue). It is recommended that you consult with the Planning Department prior to submitting an application. The Development Variance Permit application fee is $400.

Development Variance Permit applications are reviewed by applicable civic departments and may also be referred to external agencies for review. Variance proposals proceed to Council, followed by a ten-day public notice, and an Informal Hearing at which time Council will approve, deny or set conditions on permit approval.

Please see the Development Application Procedure Bylaw for detailed information on the application process.

Recent Development Variance Applications can be found online here

Board of Variance

The Board of Variance is an independent body which considers requests for minor variances to the Zoning Bylaw regarding the siting, size and dimensions of buildings. The Board consists of three members appointed by Council. When you make an application to the Board of Variance, a decision is rendered by the Board at a Board of Variance hearing which is scheduled once an application is received. Applicants are encouraged to attend the hearing for their application.

Before applying to the Board of Variance, you must make an application to the Planning Department for a building permit. If your application is denied because your building plan contravenes the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw, you may then make an application to the Board of Variance. Applications to the Board of Variance can be downloaded here. You may complete the application and submit it to the Main Office (136 Spruce Avenue). The Board of Variance application fee is $250.

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