Board of Variance

A Board of Variance is an independent body that deals with requests from property owners to relax regulations for siting, size and dimensions of buildings where compliance with the Regional District’s Bylaws would cause an undue hardship. The Board of Variance is a committee of three people, one appointed by the Province, one appointed by the FVRD, and one appointed by the other two appointees. 

The Board reviews applications for:

  • minor variances;
  • exemptions from Section 911 (5) of the Local Government Act, which prohibits structural alterations or
  • additions to a building used for a use which is no longer permitted by the Zoning bylaw; and
  • appealing the decisions of building inspectors regarding the amount of damage to non-conforming buildings or structures.