Board of Variance

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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.

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. 

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  • What is the Board of Variance?

  • How often does the Board meet?

  • What does “undue hardship” mean?

  • How do I apply?

  • What happens with my application after I have submitted it?

  • What are the procedures at the Board of Variance Meeting?

  • How do I find out the Board’s decisions?

  • How long is the Board approval valid for?

  • Who can I contact for more information?

  • Is there a fee?

  • When are the meetings?

Application Deadline 4:45 p.m. on: Date of Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 2019         Tuesday, January 28, 20​20 
Tuesday, January 28, 20​20  Tuesday, February 25, 20​20 
Tuesday, March 3, 20​20    Tuesday, March 31, 20​20 
Monday, March 30, 20​20  Tuesday, April ​28, 20​20 
Tuesday, April 28, 20​20  Tuesday, May ​26, 20​20 
Tuesday, May 26, 20​20  Tuesday, June ​23, 20​20 
Monday, June 29, 20​20  Tuesday, July​ 28, 20​20 
Tuesday, ​August 25, 20​20  Tuesday, September 22, 20​20 
Tuesday, September 29, 20​20  Tuesday, October 2​7, 20​20 
Tuesday, ​October 27, 20​20   Tuesday, November 2​4, 20​20 

City Clerk's Office

Phone: 604-927-3010