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Burnaby Board of Variance

New Virtual Hearings

Beginning June 30, 2020, the City of Burnaby’s Board of Variance hearings will use a virtual format, allowing anyone to participate in local government in a way that safeguards public health while ensuring city business can proceed.

  • Virtual Board of Variance hearings will be livestreamed at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:
    • June 30
    • July 9
  • Board of Variance agendas are available at

Anyone who believes they are affected by a proposed appeal will be able to participate in the following ways:

Submit written comments to Council

Email to or mail to Mayor and Council, c/o Office of the City Clerk, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2.

Please note all written submissions must be received by 2:45 p.m. on the day of the Board of Variance hearing and contain the writer’s name and address which will become a part of the public record.

Participate in-person

Appear in-person in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 4949 Canada Way. Physical distancing protocols will be in place.

Participate live by Phone Conferencing

Dial Toll Free 1-855-353-9183 and follow participation instructions provided. Speakers Passcode: 59735#

During a meeting:

  1. Listen to the meeting and when you would like to speak to a particular appeal application, enter 01 on the phone.
  2. An operator will ask you to state your name, address and confirm the appeal application you are addressing.
  3. You will have five minutes for your presentation.

What is the Board of Variance?

The Board of Variance is an independent body which considers requests for minor variances to the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw regarding the siting, size and dimensions of buildings. The Board consists of five citizen members appointed by Burnaby City Council.

How do I apply for a variance?

Before applying to the Board of Variance, you must make an application to the Building Department for a building permit. If your application is denied because your building plan contravenes the requirements of the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw, in some cases an application to the Board of Variance may be considered.

Board of Variance application forms are available from the City Clerk's Office.

Applicants are required to:

  1. Write the name of the owner and address of property.
  2. Make an appointment with the Planning and Building Department to obtain a referral letter for the Board of Variance. A referral letter indicates that your application for a building permit has been refused by the Planning and Building Department on the basis of contravention of the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw.
  3. Submit site plan of property which has to be 8 1/2 x 11".
  4. Write a letter expressing the reasons for requesting variance.
  5. An application fee of $425 is due at the time of application submission.

The following dates pertain to the Burnaby Board of Variance Hearings to be held during the current year. This schedule is in accordance with the guidelines contained in the "Burnaby Board of Variance Bylaw 1971," Bylaw No. 5843.

Board of Variance
Application Deadline*
Date of Hearing
2019 December 11 2020 January 9
2020 January 14 2020 February 6
2020 February 11 2020 March 5
2020 May 5 2020 June 30
2020 June 9 2020 July 9
No meeting scheduled in 2020 August
2020 August 4 2020 September 3
2020 September 8 2020 October 1
2020 October 6 2020 November 5
2020 November 10 2020 December 3
2020 December 8 2021 January 7
*All submissions received after these dates will be put forward for inclusion on the Agenda for the following month's Hearing.

How can I learn more?

Search and view proceedings of the Board of Variance, including meeting agendas, minutes and reports via:

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact the City Clerk's Office at 604-294-7290.

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