City issues call for new member to Board of Variance

Applications open until Feb. 10, 2023 (deadline extended)


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

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

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. Board of Variance members cannot be elected officials, employees of the local government that appoints them, or on an advisory planning commission.

For more information regarding the Board of Variance, including mandate, eligibility requirements, time commitments and responsibilities, please see the Board of Variance web page and application form on the City’s website at under Your Government/Boards and Committees.

Interested residents can submit a completed application form to the Legislative Services Department by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 (NEW deadline-extended date):

  • online:
  • mail/in-person: Legislative Services, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5J6
  • email:

Link to Strategic Plan: Supports Governance Excellence by facilitating decision making.

Key Points

  • The term of appointment to the Board of Variance is three years, or until a successor is appointed.
  • The deadline to submit an application is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. (deadline extended)


"We are pleased to invite qualified applicants to apply to the Board of Variance as a volunteer at-large. This is a great opportunity for individuals to serve their community and play an active and important role in reviewing and deciding on variance applications."

Director, Development Approvals
City of Nanaimo

Quick Facts

  • Members may sit on one committee at a time and must be City of Nanaimo residents, unless specified otherwise in the Terms of Reference.


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