What is a Variance?
A variance means an alteration or change to a standard prescribed by the Land Use Bylaw.
The Land Use Bylaw helps to regulate development in the City. Regulations include but are not limited to, minimum lot sizes, building setback lines, lot coverage, building height and parking requirements. Each development must meet the regulations for its zoning district.
Sometimes there are unusual conditions on the property and it may not be possible to meet all the zoning requirements when you are planning new construction. Your property may be so narrow or oddly shaped that you might need to apply for a Variance.