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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
2017 December 05 2018 January 04
2018 January 09 2018 February 01
2018 February 06 2018 March 01
2018 March 06 2018 April 05
2018 April 10 2018 May 03
2018 May 08 2018 June 07
2018 June 12 2018 July 05
2018 July 10 2018 August 02
2018 August 14 2018 September 06
2018 September 11 2018 October 04
2018 October 09 2018 November 01
2018 November 06 2018 December 06
2018 December 11 2019 January 10


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

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