Board of Variance

A local government that has adopted a zoning bylaw must establish one or more Boards of Variance (BOV). A person may apply to the BOV for a minor variance if they feel compliance with the bylaw would cause them a hardship. In a municipality, a BOV will consist of three or five persons, depending upon the population size of the municipality. Each member is appointed for a three-year term by the municipal council but members of an Advisory Planning Commission or an officer or employee of the local government are prohibited from being appointed to a BOV.

The BOV may grant a variance if they have considered the following factors and are of the opinion that the variance does not: result in inappropriate development of the site; adversely affect the natural environment; substantially affect the use and enjoyment of the adjacent land; vary the permitted uses and densities or defeat the intent of the bylaw. The BOV focuses primarily on hardship relating to matters such as siting, dimensions and size of buildings. They cannot conflict with other matters such as Land Title Act covenants, permits or land use contracts or floodplain bylaw specifications.

BOV hearings must be open to the public.

More information is available on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Board of Variance web page.

2023 Board of Variance Application Deadline and Hearing Schedule

To view application documents and written submissions or enquire about Hearing procedures or results, contact Legislative Services at 604-925-7004.

To view plans, permit and variance information, contact Permits and Inspections at 604-925-7040​.

How to write to the Board of Variance

Representations regarding the requested variances may be made, and written submissions presented, to the Board of Variance at scheduled hearings. Prior to the hearing, written submissions may be:

  • mailed to the Board of Variance, District of West Vancouver, 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC  V7V 3T3;
  • sent to the Board of Variance at [email protected]; or
  • addressed to the Board of Variance and placed in the drop box located at the main entrance of Municipal Hall.

Please provide written submissions no later than noon on the same day as the Hearing to ensure their availability to the Board for the Hearing. Technical issues may affect receipt of electronic submissions; persons relying on this means of transmittal do so at their own risk.

Written submissions received for the Hearing will be included in the public information package for the Board’s consideration and for the public record.

Minutes

Minutes of Board of Variance Hearings are available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department at Municipal Hall. Minutes of the current year's Hearings, as well as the previous year, are posted here for convenience.

Council Representative

None

Members

Sama Abri, John Elwick, Lesel Radage (Chair), Dave Simmons, and Ronald Yaworsky (Acting Chair).

Staff Liaisons

Pascal Cuk, Board Secretary

604-925-7049

Terry Yee, Building Inspector

604-925-7248

BOARD DECISIONS AT PREVIOUS 2022 HEARINGS

Application 22-001 (8835 Lawrence Way) - Approved
Application 22-002 (3555 Sunset Lane) - Approved
Application 22-003 (2720 Rosebery Avenue) - Approved in part
Application 22-004 (4597 Woodgreen Drive) - Approved
Application 22-005 (1373 Haywood Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-006 (6193 Nelson Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-007 (1029 Esplanade Avenue) - Approved in part
Application 22-008 (4190 Rose Crescent) - Approved
Application 22-009 (1050 11th Street) - Approved
Application 22-010 (3312 Westmount Road) - Not approved
Application 22-011 (6226 St. Georges Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-012 (6345 Nelson Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-013 (5770 Eagle Harbour Road) - Approved
Application 22-014 (A-5644 Westport Road) - Approved
Application 22-015 (675 Parkside Road) - Approved
Application 22-016 (2382 Palmerston Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-017 (2662 Lawson Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-018 (2350 Bellevue Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-019 (2484 Ottawa Avenue) - Not approved
Application 22-020 (1965 26th Street) - Approved
Application 22-021 (6411 Pitt Street) - Approved
Application 22-022 (3380 Mathers Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-023 (2710 Mathers Avenue) - Approved in part
Application 22-024 (1095 Lawson Avenue) - Approved
Application 22-025 (5770 Eagle Harbour Road) - Approved

NEXT HEARING

Board of Variance

Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Electronic meeting via Webex


Electronic meeting details

This hearing will be conducted via electronic communication facilities, pursuant to Council Committee Procedure Bylaw No. 5020, 2021 (as amended). 

Electronic participation options are being provided via WebEx (an electronic meeting platform) . To participate electronically, please phone Legislative Services at 604-925-7004 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the scheduled hearing date to register to speak. View the link below for detailed instructions on how to participate.

Instructions on How to Join a Virtual Board of Variance Hearing

Click the meeting link, enter your name, email address, and event password, then click "Join Now". Note: Only click "join by browser" if you do not plan on using your microphone.

2022 hearings

Jan. 19 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 23 Agenda Minutes
March 23 Agenda Minutes
April 20 Agenda Minutes
May 18 Agenda Minutes
June 22 Agenda Minutes
July 20 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 14 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 19 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 16 Agenda

2021 hearings

Jan. 20 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 17 Agenda Minutes
March 24 Agenda Minutes
April 21 Agenda Minutes
May 26 Agenda Minutes
June 23 Agenda Minutes
July 21 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 22 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 27 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 17 Agenda Minutes
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