Board of Variance


What is the Board of Variance?

The Board of Variance is an independent appeal body which consists of five persons appointed by Council in accordance with the British Columbia Local Government Act (the “Act”).  The Board, which deals primarily with matters pertaining to the City’s Zoning Bylaw, hears and makes decisions on minor variances only regarding the siting, size and dimensions of buildings if compliance with the Bylaw will cause an “undue hardship”.

The Board cannot grant relaxations to land use, density limits, on-site parking or landscaping provisions of the Zoning Bylaw, nor does it replace the Building Permit process.  Other technical requirements beyond the Board’s authority such as the BC Building Code regulations and standards will also need to be satisfied before a building permit is approved and issued.

Decisions made by the Board are final and cannot be appealed.  Please refer to our downloadable Board of Variance Guide for more information.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions about the nature of hardships, the Board of Variance application process, payment of fees or development applications in general, please contact the Planning Division at or 604-820-3748.

If you have questions about the Board of Variance administrative process, meetings schedules, agendas, and notifications, please contact the Legislative Services Division at or 604-820-3700.

Board of Variance Agenda & Minutes