Board of Variance

Board of VarianceHave you ever thought about building an addition to your home that has non-conforming setbacks? How about cutting down a protected tree which is prohibited under the Town's Tree Protection Bylaw?

If so, you may apply to the Board of Variance for a minor variance. The Board of Variance is an avenue for appeal on the interpretation and application of certain local government provisions and regulations such as:

  • a zoning bylaw regulation within the Land Use Bylaw respecting the siting, dimensions or size of a building of structure, or the siting of a manufactured home in a manufactured home park;
  • a tree protection regulation within the Tree Protection Bylaw; or
  • the prohibition against structural additions or alterations to buildings containing a non-conforming use.

In the case of severe damage (such as a fire) to a structure that was non-conforming prior to the event, the Board of Variance may also reconsider the decision of the Building Inspector in determining the percentage of the structure that was damaged.

The Board of Variance functions separately from Council and has its own authority under provincial law. The Board of Variance is not an appeal board for Council policy and cannot replace Council decisions. The Board of Variance confines its work to considering variances that, in the Board's opinion, do not:

  • result in inappropriate development of the site;
  • substantially affect the use and enjoyment of adjacent properties;
  • vary permitted uses or densities required within the Land Use Bylaw;
  • defeat the intent of the Land Use Bylaw; or
  • adversely affect the natural environment.

If you think the project you have in mind may require a variance, please contact the Development Services Department to discuss the particulars of your project.

Please review the Board of Variance Application Form to complete an application or for more information on the application process.

Below is the Board of Variance meeting schedule as well as application deadlines. Click one of the links to view the Board of Variance meeting agendas and minutes:

Meeting Date
Application Deadline Agenda Minutes
January 17, 2018   Agenda [PDF - 3.8 MB] Minutes      [PDF - 43 KB] 
February 14, 2018 Janaury 24, 2018  Meeting Cancelled  
March 14, 2018 February 21, 2018  Meeting Cancelled  
April 4, 2018 March 21, 2018  Agenda [PDF - 3.3 MB]  Minutes [PDF - 41 KB]
May 9, 2018 April 18, 2018  Meeting Cancelled  
June 13, 2018 May 23, 2018  Meeting Cancelled  
July 11, 2018 June 20, 2018  Agenda  [PDF - 5.5 MB]  Minutes [PDF - 42 KB]
September 12, 2018 August 22, 2018  Agenda [PDF - 3.6 MB]  Minutes [PDF - 39 KB]
October 10, 2018 September 19, 2018  Meeting Cancelled  
November14, 2018 October 24, 2018  Agenda [PDF - 6.1 MB]


December12, 2018 November 21, 2018