Board of Variance Applications

To request a minor variance to a bylaw regulation you can apply to the Board of Variance.

What is the Board of Variance?

The Board of Variance (BOV) is an independent body that consists of five members appointed by City Council.

Board of Variance mandate and key meeting dates

    What is the difference between the Board of Variance and a Development Variance Permit?

    The BOV addresses appeals for minor variances where compliance with the Zoning Bylaw would cause undue hardship and would not:

    • Result in inappropriate development of the site;
    • Adversely affect the natural environment;
    • Substantially affect the use and enjoyment of adjacent land;
    • Vary permitted uses and densities under the applicable bylaw; or
    • Defeat the intent of the bylaw.

    If your request does not meet the above conditions, a Development Variance Permit is another application process that may be more suitable. City Staff can help you determine your best option before submitting your application.

    What is the process for a Board of Variance application?

    1. Submit Application

      Contact Staff about application requirements. Submit your complete application, including the application fee.

    2. Application Review

      Staff reviews the information provided and prepares a report for the Board of Variance.

    3. Statutory Notification Process

      Neighbouring properties are informed of your application by mail and hand delivery.

    4. Board of Variance Meeting
      You have the opportunity to present your variance request to the Board of Variance. Any other interested parties may also speak to the Board for or against your application. The Board makes their final decision to approve or deny or application.

    How long does this process take?

    The BOV application process generally takes four weeks.

    What are the Board of Variance application requirements?

    As every property and variance appeal is unique, application requirements can vary. Before you apply, please contact the City to find out your application requirements. Once complete, submit your application to Current Planning & Subdivision staff at the Service & Resource Centre.

    Meeting Location & Schedule

    Meetings are held at 5:30pm in the first floor boardroom of the Service and Resource Centre at 411 Dunsmuir Street.

    2017 BOV Meeting Schedule (PDF)

    Contact Us

    Current Planning & Subdivision Department 250-755-4429
    planning@nanaimo.ca

    Last updated: June 29, 2017

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