Development Variance Permits

A Development Variance Application is required when a proposed building cannot comply with the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw or other municipal bylaws. For example, on a narrow lot or irregularly shaped parcel, strict compliance with the setbacks could place and unreasonable hardship on the owners.

Development Variance Permits:

  • grant a variance for a particular feature, such as a side yard setback or slight increase in height
  • cannot vary the use of the land or change zoning of official community plan designations
  • cannot vary the allowable density of a site

Development Variance Permit applications are reviewed by Council after adjacent neighbours have been advised of a proposed variance. A formal public hearing is not required; however, residents are able to provide input about proposals at Council meetings, when they are being considered.

Download a Development Variance Permit Application.

Download the Development Application Procedures and Fees Bylaw (No. 2791).