Development variance permits
If your project doesn’t conform to a bylaw regulation, you will need to apply for a Development Variance Permit. Receiving a development variance permit gives you approval to vary one or more regulations in the Zoning Bylaw, Subdivision Development & Servicing Bylaw, or Sign Bylaw. Common variances include setback variances, parking variances, oversized signs, height, and site coverage. Development Planning Staff consider each variance application on a site-specific basis to determine the potential impacts of varying the bylaw regulation. A variance permit may not vary density or use.
Delegated Minor Variances (Staff Variances):
On May 15th, 2023, Council adopted a delegated variance process to allow Staff to consider and approve minor variances. A minor variance only applies to Zoning Bylaw No. 12375 (except Section 9) and not to any other bylaws. A minor variance only includes projects that do not require a Development Permit, or require a Development Permit or Heritage Alteration Permit that has already been delegated to Staff. This primarily applies to Single Family Dwellings, Duplex Housing, and Infill Housing (Mf1).
Guidelines for Staff consideration include scope & scale, use and enjoyment of neighbouring lands, effects on the natural environment, intent of the Zoning Bylaw Regulation, appropriateness of the variance, and public interest.
As part of the development variance permit process, you will be required to complete neighbourhood notification as per Council Policy #367.
Council Development Variance Permit:
If your project does not meet the criteria above for a Minor Variance, you can apply for a Development Variance Permit through Council. Development Planning Staff will review the variance and make a recommendation to Council of support or non-support. Similar to the delegated variance, some considerations are scope & scale, use and enjoyment of neighbouring lands, effects on the natural environment, public interest, and mitigation efforts.
You will be required to complete neighbourhood notification as per Council Policy #367, including placing a sign on your property in advance of the Public Council Meeting.
For fees and forms, please visit our development process overview page.