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Development Variance Permits

Development Variance Permits (DVP) may be required prior to subdivision approval or the issuance of a building permit if the structure does not meet zoning requirements such as setbacks or height limitations established in the zoning bylaw. A DVP may also be needed when existing conditions on a property pose difficulties for the siting of new structures. DVP's cannot be used to vary the permitted uses or density of the zoning. DVP applications require a fee and are referred to both adjacent property owners and occupants along with a referral to the local Advisory Planning Commission for comment before the Regional District Board makes their decision.

For more information, view our Development Variance Permit Brochure.

To complete an application, please fill out the Development Variance Permit Application Form.

DVP Fees

$500 - one dwelling, auxilary buildings or uses, single parcel

$150 - signs

$1000 - commercial, industrial, institutional


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.