Development Variance Permit

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a statutory tool which may be used by municipalities to vary the provisions of a land use bylaw authorized under Part 14 of the Local Government Act (e.g. the Zoning Bylaw, the Subdivision Bylaw, etc). As this permit is issued by Council, it is not bound by the requirements of 'undue hardship'.

Beyond the siting, shape, and physical dimensions of buildings and structures, DVPs may also be used to vary provisions not possible through the Board of Variance, such as modifying off-street parking requirements. A DVP, however, may not however vary the following:

  • A floodplain specification
  • A Phased Development Agreement
  • The use or density of land

Further information is located at our Resources and Documents page.

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