Development Variance Permits

Development Variance Permit

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is an approval from Council to vary the bylaw regulation(s) of zoning, subdivision servicing, or signage for non-conforming development approvals.

Board of Variance

The Board of Variance (BOV) for the Town of Smithers is an appointed body that has the authority to grant a minor variance to certain provisions of Town bylaws. The BOV is a quasi-judicial body seperate from the Local Government with its own authority under the Local Government Act.

Applicants can decide if they wish to apply to Council for a Development Variance Permit or the Board of Variance, if applicable. A Development Variance Permit or Board of Variance cannot vary use or density of land specified in a bylaw.

The process for obtaining a variance should begin with a discussion with the Development Services Department. We can confirm that your proposed variance is a legal option, inform you of the acceptability of the variance, and provide you with details of the process.