Board of Variance

City of Nanaimo Call for Applications to the Board of Variance

The City of Nanaimo is currently recruiting three (3) members for the Board of Variance. 

The Board of Variance (BOV) is an independent body established by “Board of Variance Bylaw No. 7213” under Division 15 of the Local Government Act.  The Board consists of five members appointed by City Council.  The term of office for the Board of Variance position is a three (3) year term.

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.

For more information about the Board of Variance and an Application Form please visit the City’s website at under Your Government/ Boards and Committees.

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

In Person/Mail:  Legislative Services, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6

Click here to apply.

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

  • Relax zoning regulations, servicing requirements, and tree protection requirements;
  • Extend non-conforming uses; and,
  • Reconstruct a non-conforming building.

For more information on applying to the Board of Variance, please follow the link below:

How to apply to the Board of Variance


Key Dates

2021 BOV Meeting Schedule (PDF)


Want to Participate?

If you deem your property is affected by a proposed variance, you have the opportunity to be heard by the Board of Variance. In light of COVID-19, members of the public may submit comments in writing or pre-register to participate via Zoom as a delegation.

WATCH THE LIVE STREAM: Click here to view the agenda and watch the live video. The video will become available once the meeting has started.

WRITTEN SUBMISSION: To submit comments in writing you must contact the Planning Department no later than 2:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting by emailing or calling 250-755-4429.

APPEAR AS A DELEGATION: To participate via Zoom as a delegation, you must register no later than 11:00am on the Monday prior to the meeting date by emailing or calling 250-755-4429. 

Related Links

Bylaw No. 7213 (PDF)

Local Government Act, Division 15 - Board of Variance



To view meeting agendas and minutes visit the Meeting Document and Videos Page.

Last updated: November 1, 2021

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