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Public Hearings

Public hearings will be conducted virtually and live-streamed on the City’s website due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with Ministerial Order No. M192/2020 and the Class Order (mass gatherings).

Anyone who believes they are affected by a proposed bylaw shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

Virtual Public Hearings

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

Virtual public hearings will be livestreamed at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates for 2021:

  • January 26
  • March 30
  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 29
  • July 27 (adjourned due to technical difficulties)
  • August 3
  • August 31
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 23
  • December 14

Reports, bylaws and related information respecting the zoning bylaw amendments are available at

No presentations or submissions will be received by Council on any application after the conclusion of the public hearing.

Anyone who believes they are affected by a proposed bylaw 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 public hearing and contain the writer’s name and address which will become a part of the public record.

Participate by Phone Conferencing

Join a Meeting

  1. Dial the Toll Free phone number below and follow the participation instructions provided.
  2. Meeting Phone Number Participant Passcode
    January 26 1-800-309-1256
    554 374
    March 30 1-800-309-1256
    379 758
    April 27 1-800-309-1256
    175 783
    May 18 1-800-309-1256
    104 876
    June 29 1-800-309-1256  292 620 
    July 27    Adjourned to August 3 due to technical difficulties  
    August 3 1-800-309-1256  573 870
    August 31 1-800-309-1256  228 474

Participate by Zoom Webinar

Join a Meeting

  1. Click the meeting link below

    Meeting Link to join meeting Webinar ID
    January 26
    678 1368 7073
    March 30
    662 3732 3145
    April 27
    631 5850 6421
    May 18
    614 0726 3678
    June 29
    648 6270 6139 
    July 27    Adjourned to August 3 due to technical difficulties  
    August 3
    667 9770 2233
    August 31
    654 4623 7142
  2. Follow the prompts to download and run Zoom. If required, enter the webinar ID, then click "join the webinar".
  3. Register with your full name – first and last name are recommended if you are speaking to a rezoning application.
  4. When you connect, your microphone will be muted.

During a Meeting

  1. Listen to the meeting and when you would like to speak to a particular rezoning application, click "raise hand" icon and wait for the Clerk to unmute your microphone. Click accept to unmute your microphone.
  2. State your name, address and confirm the rezoning application number you are addressing.
  3. You will have five minutes for your presentation.
  4. After all speakers have been heard, the Mayor will call for any additional speakers. If you wish to speak for a second time, please click "raise hand" icon again and wait for the Clerk to unmute your microphone.
  5. Council members may ask questions after you make a presentation. However, the main function of Council members is to listen to the presentations and not engage in debate.

Additional Information and Guidelines:

  1. A staff member will assist you with trouble-shooting minor technical issues (i.e. unmuting a microphone, raising a hand, etc.) via chat in Zoom.
  2. Zoom chat should only be used for communicating technical issues to staff. Do not provide comments or pose questions related to a rezoning application via chat.
  3. Please be advised that the Clerk's email,, is not monitored during the public hearing.
  4. If you are unable to join a meeting via Zoom, please join by phone conferencing and vice-versa.

What is a Public Hearing?

The Local Government Act requires that a public hearing be held before Council adopts an amendment to a zoning bylaw (referred to as a rezoning application) or Official Community Plan. The purpose of a public hearing is to provide anyone who considers their interest in property affected by a proposed rezoning application an opportunity to present their views to Council.

How are People Notified of Public Hearings?

At least 10 days before the public hearing is held, a notice is sent to property owners and occupiers within a radius of 30 meters (100 feet) of the subject property. A notice is also published in two consecutive issues of a local newspaper.

What Happens to an Application after a Public Hearing?

Council will vote on second reading of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment at the next scheduled Council meeting. If Council supports second reading, the applicant will work with City staff to complete the rezoning requirements before Council grants consideration and third reading and final adoption of the bylaw.

If Council does not support the bylaw at second reading, the bylaw may be defeated or Council may postpone its decision until further information is received from staff.

How Can I Learn More?

Search and view proceedings of public hearings, including meeting agendas, minutes and reports via:

For further information regarding the public hearing process, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 604-294-7290 or

For details about a specific application, contact the Planning and Building Department at 604-294-7400.

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