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 $420 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 2018 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
Wednesday, January 2, 2019           Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019     Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019   Tuesday, ​April 2, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019     Tuesday, April ​30, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Tuesday, May ​28, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Tuesday, June ​25, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Tuesday, July​ 23, 2019
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Tuesday, September 2​4, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Tuesday, October 2​2, 2019
Monday, ​October 28, 2019   Tuesday, November 2​6, 2019

City Clerk's Office

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