Development Variance Permits

A Development Variance Permit allows a property owner or a developer to apply for a variance from the provisions of the Zoning Bylaw, such as building height or setback requirements.

As the Zoning Bylaw cannot anticipate each development scenario in the City, Council needs some flexibility relative to the Zoning Bylaw to consider different design solutions, where appropriate. This tool cannot be used to change permitted land use or density.  

NEW: Development Variance Permits no longer require an Opportunity to be Heard at this time.  Council would continue to receive all feedback provided by email or written submissions prior to consideration of issuance of these permits.

Guide: Development Variance Permits

As an alternative to a Development Variance Permit, property owners may be eligible to apply to the Board of Variance. The Board of Variance considers variances which are, in the opinion of the board, both minor and cause the applicant hardship if required to conform to zoning requirements.