Development Variance Permits (DVPs) are usually considered where the site characteristics or other unique circumstances do not permit strict compliance with an existing regulation. Please see Development Variance Permit Guide.
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is required to vary any one of the following:
- Zoning Bylaw
- Subdivision Development Bylaw
- Sign Bylaw
- Screening and Landscaping Bylaw
- Building Regulations and a Building Bylaw that concern trailer courts, manufactured home parks and camping grounds
- Land Use Contract (LUC)
However, a DVP cannot vary:
- The use or density of the land from that specified in a zoning bylaw or LUC, or
- Floodplain specifications set out by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks (MELP), in a Municipal Bylaw or by an Order issued by MELP.
A DVP must be approved by Council. Most DVP's are to vary zoning (i.e. building setbacks, building height), to seek relief from certain regulations in the Zoning, Sign, Subdivision and Development Bylaws, or to amend a LUC.