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Board of Variance Applications

The purpose of a Board of Variance application is to request a minor variance to a bylaw regulation.

The Board Of Variance is an independent decision making body that addresses appeals for minor variances where compliance with the Zoning Bylaw would cause undue hardship and would not:

  • Result in inappropriate development of the site;
  • Adversely affect the natural environment;
  • Substantially affect the use and enjoyment of adjacent land;
  • Vary permitted uses and densities under the applicable bylaw; or
  • Defeat the intent of the bylaw.

If your request does not meet the above conditions, a Development Variance Permit is another application process that may be more suitable. Staff can provide information so that you can determine which application type before submitting an application.

The Board of Variance is a decision-making body 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 technical review, 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.

To Apply

  • Prepare your documents, review the application requirements
  • Book a pre-application meeting with a Planner at
  • Prepare any further requirements following pre-application meeting
  • Submit complete application package with all required documents, digital and hard copy (both are required). **Incomplete applications will not be accepted.**
  • Pay the application fee. Fees will be accepted with a complete application package.

Forms and Fees

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

BOV fees are found here: Fee Schedule.