The Port Moody Board of Variance consists of five members appointed by Council. Their job is to review applications and consider the relaxation of certain City bylaw requirements. You can appeal to the Board of Variance if you feel that compliance with the bylaw would cause undue hardship.

The Board of Variance is appointed by Council, but acts independently.

Submit an application to the Board of Variance

To make an appeal to the Board of Variance, you need to review the municipal Zoning bylaw and determine if following the bylaw will cause hardship. You will need to present your appeal to the Board. The City requires the following information when submitting an application:

  • a written Board of Variance application that is submitted to the Secretary of the Board and clearly states the grounds on which the variance is based and the desired outcome of the requested variance.
  • a site survey certificate prepared by a BC Registered Land Surveyor
  • a floor plan drawn to scale to show the proposed addition and setbacks
  • front, rear, and side elevations of the proposed addition drawn to scale
  • letters of consent or objection from adjacent and rear neighbours, if desired
  • application fees

For detailed application instructions, review the Board of Variance Brochure.


The BOV can grant minor variances on situations where complying with the Zoning Bylaw on the siting, dimensions or size of a building or structure causes a person undue hardship. The Board can consider applications for:

  • relaxation of zoning regulations
  • extension of non-conforming uses
  • relaxation of servicing requirements
  • reconstruction of a non-conforming building
  • relaxation of tree protection requirements

The Board of Variance cannot vary the following:

What is undue hardship?

The Board of Variance only considers undue hardship as something that results from aspects of the site as opposed to those which are personal to the owner. Determining undue hardship depends on whether the hardship is a hardship for everyone.

For example, if bedrock is protruding into your building envelope, complying with siting provisions may be difficult. Through no fault of the property owner, the hardship created is undue. Similar properties without bedrock are not subject to the same challenges.