Board of Variance


  • 7 p.m.
  • 4th Tuesday of every month except for August and December. If there are no applications to be heard the Board does not meet.
  • City Hall
    3000 Guildford Way
    Council Chambers
    Coquitlam, BC Canada V3B 7N2


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 to Apply

  1. 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.
  2. 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 (PDF) to the City Clerks Office, and provide all supporting documents. The included Checklist must be followed and submitted with your Application.
  3. 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.