Board of Variance

You can search and view the Board of Variance proceedings, including meeting agendas, minutes and reports via eAgenda.

To access meeting information before 2015, contact [email protected].

Learn how you can appeal to the Board of Variance

The Board of Variance is an independent body that considers variances to the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw regarding the siting, size and dimensions of buildings.

Consisting of 5 council-appointed members, the board has the authority to grant variances where compliance with the bylaw may cause a person undue hardship.

Apply for a variance

Before you apply to the board, you must apply for a building permit. If the building department denies your application because, for instance, your building plan doesn't meet the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw, you may consider appealing to the Board of Variance.

You can get an application form from the Legislative Services' office.

You must:

  1. Write the name of the owner and the property's address.
  2. Ask the Planning and Development Department – Building division for a referral letter for the Board of Variance. Your Building Permit application will be denied if the design is not in compliance with the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw, unless your Board of Variance appeal is granted.
  3. Submit the site plan of the property on an 8.5" x 11" letter-size sheet of paper.
  4. Write a letter stating the reason(s) for requesting a variance—eg: “This requirement will cause undue hardship because [describe how the requirement will cause an undue hardship].”
  5. For 2024 hearings, pay the application fee of $465 at the time of submission. 

2024 meeting schedule

Application deadline Date of hearing
December 5, 2023 January 11, 2024
January 9, 2024 February 8, 2024
February 7, 2024 March 7, 2024
March 5, 2024 April 4, 2024
April 2, 2024 May 2, 2024
May 7, 2024 June 6, 2024
June 4, 2024 July 4, 2024
August 6, 2024 September 5, 2024
September 3, 2024 October 3, 2024
October 8, 2024 November 7, 2024
November 5, 2024 December 5, 2024

Virtual hearings

You can observe the virtual Board of Variance hearings at 5 pm on the specified meeting dates. You can also access the board's agendas.

If you feel a proposed appeal is affecting you, you can take the following steps:

Participate in-person

Appear in-person in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 4949 Canada Way. 

Write to Board of Variance

Email your written comments to Legislative Services by 2:45 pm on the day of the hearing using the online form below.

Alternatively, email your written comments by including a subject, your name and address and send it to [email protected].

Your privacy

Your personal information is being collected and used for the purpose of contacting you regarding your comments on a board of variance application and will be managed in accordance with s. 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  For questions regarding the collection your personal information and receipt of electronic messages, please contact Marketing and Corporate Communications at [email protected].

Have questions?

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