Board of Variance and Development Variance Permits
Zoning by-laws impose uniform regulations on all properties within a defined zone. Features such as topography and lot shape may be unique an as a result variances may be required on a property-specific basis whereby the applicant seeks relief from the zoning requirements. A property owner wishing to vary a regulation for siting, height, lot coverage, etc. will need to obtain a variance.
There are two procedures to allow such variances:1. Development Variance Permit (DVP)
A major variance, or one which is not the result of hardship, must be submitted to Council for consideration through the Development Variance Permit (DVP) process. Note:
A DVP cannot vary the use or density of land from that specified in a zoning by-law or floodplain specification.2. Board of Variance
A minor variance that is considered to be the rsult of hardship is normally the responsibility of of the Board of Variance. The Board is aa quasi-judicial body independent of Council that meets when an application has been received.Note:
There are limitations on orders that a Board of Variance can authorize. Please contact Village staff to discuss the particulars of your situation.
Here is a link to the application form you need to complete to have your request considered by the Board of Variance: BOV Application
Would you like more information before you fill out your application? You can follow this link for a guide to the BOV Application: BOV Application Guide