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 can not vary the use of land or density. In these cases a Zoning Bylaw Amendment would be required.

Application Process

It is recommended that you consult with the Planning Department prior to submitting an application. If your project does require a Development Variance Permit, please complete a Development Variance Permit Application (including a DVP Supplemental Form for each variance request) and submit it to the Main Office (136 Spruce Avenue). The Development Variance Permit application fee is $400 plus the cost of the development sign.

Development Variance Permit applications are reviewed by applicable 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 are listed on this page

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 should consult with the Planning Department about your plans. 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.

There is more information on the Board of Variance here.

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