Board of Variance

The Board of Variance is an independent body which considers requests for minor variances to the Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw regarding the siting, size and dimensions of buildings. The Board, which consists of five members appointed by Coquitlam City Council, has the authority to grant variances in situations where compliance with the Zoning Bylaw would cause a person undue hardship. The term “undue hardship” limits the Board to considering only hardships that result from aspects of the site as opposed to those which are personal to, or generated by, the owner.

How do I apply?

Before applying to the Board of Variance, you should review your plans and drawings with the City’s Building Permits Division to determine if a variance is required for building permit approval.

Once it has been determined that a bylaw variance appeal is required applicants must obtain a 'Board of Variance Referral' form from the City’s Building Permits Division listing the specific zoning requirements to be varied.  Next, applicant's must complete and submit a Board of Variance Application to the City Clerks Office, and provide all supporting documents. The included Checklist must be followed and submitted with your Application.  Applicants may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information about the Board process.

We encourage you to engage the services of a building design professional to assist you in preparing your plans submission if you are unfamiliar with building permit processes and construction matters. It is critical to submit as much detailed relevant information as possible to assist staff and the Board in completing their review of your application.

Applications for the Board of Variance are handled by the City Clerks Office, 2nd Floor City Hall.

Is there a fee?

Applicants must submit a $370 fee with their Application.

When are the Meetings?

Board of Variance meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Coquitlam City Hall  (meetings are not typically held in August or December)

Following is the 2017 Board of Variance Meeting Schedule and Application deadlines (last day applications will be received for inclusion on the Agenda of the subsequent meeting):

Application Deadline 4:45 p.m. on: Date of Meeting
Friday, December 16, 2016             Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017     Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017   Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017          Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017      Tuesday, November 28, 2017

City Clerk's Office

Phone: 604-927-3010
Fax: 604-927-3015
Email: clerks@coquitlam.ca