Board of Variance

​About the Board of Variance

The Board of Variance is a venue for appeal by a person alleging that compliance with a bylaw would cause undue hardship. The question of what constitutes hardship to grant a relaxation rests solely with the Board of Variance. There is no appeal of a Board of Variance decision, the only alternative option is to make a separate Development Variance Permit application to Council. The Board of Variance functions separately from the Local Government that established it and has its own authority under the Local Government Act. As with a Development Variance Permit application, adjacent property owners will be notified of a Board of Variance application.

The Board of Variance shall hear and determine an appeal by a person who alleges that the following would cause them undue hardship:
  • Compliance with a bylaw respecting the siting, dimension or size of a building or structure, or the siting of a manufactured home in a manufactured home park;
  • The prohibition of a structural alteration or addition under Section 531 of the Local Government Act;
  • Compliance with a subdivision servicing requirement under Section 506(1)(c)of the Local Government Act in an area zoned for agricultural or industrial use; or
  • That the determination by a building inspector of the amount of damage under Section 532 of the Local Government Act is in error.


The Board of Variance consists of five members who are appointed for three year terms. 
The Bylaw enacting the Board of Variance is located here.

The currently appointed members are:

P. Hill – Chair
K. Urbas
R. Whitlock
T. Leginus
R. Carpenter


The Board of Variance meets on the first Tuesday of every month except in those months where the preceding Monday is a Statutory Holiday, in which case the meeting shall be on the second Tuesday of the month.
Board of Variance Meeting Schedule