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Burnaby Board of Variance

Please note: Meetings held between June 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 are broadcast live for public viewing.

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
2019 December 11 2020 January 9
2020 January 14 2020 February 6
2020 February 11 2020 March 5
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


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

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