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Board of Variance Applications

The Board of Variance functions independently of the SCRD Board and has jurisdiction to issue orders relating to minor issues concerning land use and zoning bylaws of the SCRD. Applications for an order of the Board of Variance may be made where compliance with certain bylaws may cause undue hardship and where the variance is minor. Examples of the Board's jurisdiction include allowing a structural alteration or addition to a building containing a non-conforming use or a variance respecting the siting, dimensions or size of a building. Board of Variance applications require a fee and are referred to adjacent property owners/occupants for comment before the Board of Variance issues an order.

For more information, view our Board of Variance Brochure.

To complete an application, please fill out the Board of Variance Application Form.

The Board of Variance is composed of three members appointed by the SCRD Board for three-year terms. Hearings for Board of Variance applications are scheduled following the local government, internal and neighbour notification process. Board of Variance hearings are open to the public to attend. The Board of Variance is governed by the terms of Sunshine Coast Regional District Board of Variance Bylaw No. 380.


The main difference between a Board of Variance (BOV) order and a Development Variance Permit (DVP) is that the DVP is considered by the elected SCRD Regional Board and is registered on the Certificate of Title for the subject property; while a BOV order is considered by the appointed Board of Variance and is not registered on title.

Both the Board of Variance order and the Development Variance Permit grant relief from zoning and subdivision regulations respecting matters such as siting or height of buildings and structures, off-street parking requirements and floor areas of buildings. The Board of Variance has the authority to order that a “minor variance” be permitted from the bylaw requirements where it finds that compliance with the bylaw would cause “undue hardship” to the applicant. The Regional Board, in considering a DVP, is not constrained by these minor variance or hardship considerations. The DVP thus has a somewhat broader scope than a BOV order. Neither the BOV nor the Regional Board is authorized to vary the use or density permitted on a property.

The choice of which process is appropriate is made by the applicant, usually in consultation with Planning staff.