City issues call for members to Board of Variance

Applications open until November 17, 2021


Residents interested in becoming more involved with local governance have the opportunity to apply to the Board of Variance. The City of Nanaimo is currently recruiting three members for a three-year term.

The Board of Variance is an independent body that can grant variances to relax zoning regulations, servicing requirements, and tree protection requirements; extend non-conforming uses; and, reconstruct non-conforming building.

The successful applicants for the Board of Variance will have a basic understanding of building and zoning regulations such as the City’s Zoning Bylaw and BC Building Code, as well as familiarity with interpreting architectural plans and documents. The Board of Variance cannot be members of an advisory planning commission, elected officials or employees of the local government that appoints them.

Interested residents can submit a completed application form to the Legislative Services Department by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 by:

  • Mail: Legislative Services, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5J6
  • Email:

For more information about the Board of Variance including mandate, eligibility requirements, time commitments and how to apply please visit the City's website at

Link to Strategic Plan: Strategic Link: Supports Governance Excellence to facilitate decision making.

Key Points

  • The term of appointment to the Board of Variance three years.
  • The deadline to submit an application is 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.


"The Board of Variance has an integral role as an independent, legislative body established to grant minor variances. I encourage interested residents to apply for the vacancies."

Director, Legislative Services
City of Nanaimo


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