Development variance permits
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is an approval from Council to vary the regulations(s) of the Zoning Bylaw, the Subdivision Development and Servicing Bylaw, or the Sign Bylaw for non-conforming development approvals. If your project does not conform to a Bylaw, a variance is required. Staff are diligent in consideration of variances, and will consider each application on an individual and site specific basis. Staff will then make a recommendation of support or non-support to Council for consideration. The Local Government Act stipulates that a variance may only be approved by Council and can not be delegated to a staff member or manager. Take time to review the bylaws and communicate with a planner prior to applying for a variance.
As part of the development variance permitting process, you will be required to complete neighbourhood notification as per Council Policy #367, a sign will be posted on your property detailing the nature of the variance, and your neighbours will be informed and given an opportunity to comment at a Council meeting. Applying for a variance will add time to your application process.
A Development Variance Permit can not vary the land use or density as per the Local Government Act. If approved by Council, a Development Variance Permit is registered on title and will expire after 2 years if the development has not commenced.