Development Variance Permit (DVP)

Development Variance Permits (DVP) may be required prior to subdivision approval or the issuance of a building permit (if the structure does not meet zoning requirements such as setbacks or height limitations established in the zoning bylaw). A DVP may also be needed when existing conditions on a property pose difficulties for the siting of new structures. Importantly, a DVP cannot be used to vary the permitted uses or density of the zoning.

DVP applications require the submission of an application fee, completed application form and supporting documentation (i.e. site plan and elevations).  DVP applications are referred to adjacent property owners and occupants and may be referred to the local Advisory Planning Commission (APC) at the direction of, and prior to a decision by the Regional District Board.

Applicants seeking a “minor variance” and who are of the opinion that compliance with the zoning regulations constitutes an “undue hardship” may also wish to give consideration to applying to the Board of Variance.

For more general information, view our Development Variance Permit Brochure.

To complete an application, please fill out the Development Variance Permit Application Form.