There may be times when a development proposal doesn't align with the Zoning BylawSubdivision Servicing Bylaw or other City bylaws. In these instances, you must apply for a development variance permit.

Apply for a Development Variance Permit

Depending on the scale/complexity of the project prior to submitting an application, you may need to take part in a pre-application review with the City.  To apply for a development variance permit, you need to make an appointment to submit your application at the Planning and Development front counter located in City Hall at 100 Newport Dr. The application submission should include a:

  • Completed development variance permit application
  • Application fee
  • Certificate of Title dated no more than 30 days prior to the application
  • Letter of Intent that outlines the current use, proposed use, and justification for the proposal
  • Site profile, if required by the Environmental Managements Act, Contaminated Sites Regulations, Schedule 2
  • Site Survey, prepared by a licensed BC Land Surveyor
  • Detailed Site Plan
  • Landscape Plan, prepared by a Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect
  • Colour photographs of the current site

Review the Development Variance Permit Brochure for detailed instructions.

Application Review

Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed by internal city departments and external agencies as necessary. As part of this process we may request additional information or revisions to the proposal.

Once the plans are finalized, staff prepare a report to Council. Council then either approves the permit, requests additional information, or rejects the development variance permit. In most cases it can take two to four months for a development variance permit to be processed, though the timing may vary depending on a number of factors, including: complexity, quality of submissions, application volume etc.