A local government that has adopted a zoning bylaw must establish one or more Boards of Variance (BOV). A person may apply to the BOV for a minor variance if they feel compliance with the bylaw would cause them a hardship. In a municipality, a BOV will consist of three or five persons, depending upon the population size of the municipality. Each member is appointed for a three-year term by the municipal council but members of an Advisory Planning Commission or an officer or employee of the local government are prohibited from being appointed to a BOV.
The BOV may grant a variance if they have considered the following factors and are of the opinion that the variance does not: result in inappropriate development of the site; adversely affect the natural environment; substantially affect the use and enjoyment of the adjacent land; vary the permitted uses and densities or defeat the intent of the bylaw. The BOV focuses primarily on hardship relating to matters such as siting, dimensions and size of buildings. They cannot conflict with other matters such as Land Title Act covenants, permits or land use contracts or floodplain bylaw specifications.
How to Write to the Board of Variance
Board Decisions at Previous Hearings
Documents and Resources
To view application documents and written submissions or enquire about Hearing procedures or results, contact Legislative Services at 604-925-7004.
To view plans, permit and variance information, contact Permits and Inspections at 604-925-7040.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Board of Variance web page.
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