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Burnaby 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.

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 and 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.

*All submissions received after these dates will be put forward for inclusion on the Agenda for the following month's Hearing.

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

Board of Variance
Application Deadline*
Date of Hearing
2018 December 11 2019 January 10
2019 January 15 2019 February 07
2019 February 12 2019 March 07
2019 March 12 2019 April 04
2019 April 09 2019 May 02
2019 May 07 2019 June 06
2019 June 11 2019 July 04


             No meeting scheduled


 for August 2019

2019 August 06 2019 September 05
2019 September 10 2019 October 03
2019 October 08 2019 November 07
2019 November 12 2019 December 05
2019 December 10 2020 January 09


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

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