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Burnaby Board of Variance

Virtual Hearings

The City of Burnaby’s Board of Variance is using a virtual format for hearings, allowing anyone to participate in local government in a way that safeguards public health while ensuring city business can proceed.

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 (temporarily suspended)

Public attendance at Board of Variance hearings is temporarily suspended until further notice.

Participate live by Phone Conferencing

Dial 604-449-6064 and follow the participation instructions provided. Please verbally identify your phone number and the following participant passcode: 252312

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
2020 December 8 2021 January 7
2021 January 12 2021 February 4
2021 February 9 2021 March 4
2021 March 9 2021 April 8
2021 April 6 2021 May 6
2021 May 11 2021 June 3
2021 June 8 2021 July 8
No meeting scheduled in August
2021 August 3 2021 September 2
2021 September 7 2021 October 7
2021 October 5 2021 November 4
2021 November 9 2021 December 2
2021 December 7 2022 January 6
*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 eAgenda.

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

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