Development Variance Permits

Development Variance Permits may, by resolution of Council, vary the provisions of a number of City bylaws. These provisions may pertain to the following:

  • Zoning regulations
  • Parking
  • Signage
  • Subdivision servicing
  • Other regulatory bylaws

The City cannot accept applications that intend to vary the use or density of land or floodplain specifications permitted in the applicable bylaw, pursuant to the Local Government Act.

If the application deals with issues of use or density the City will suggest that the applicant consider other avenues. These can include amendments to the City Zoning Bylaw and/or the Official Community Plan.

Application Process

If your project requires a Development Variance Permit, please complete an application form and return it to City Hall with the application submission package [PDF - 14 KB]. The Development Variance Permit fee schedule can be located on the top of the application form.

Development Variance Permit applications are reviewed by applicable civic departments and may also be referred to external agencies for review. Variance proposals proceed to Council, followed by a ten-day public notice, and an Informal Hearing at which time Council will approve, deny or set conditions on permit approval.