Development Variance Permits

What is a Development Variance Department?

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) allows for a relaxation of certain City of Revelstoke Zoning Bylaw requirements such as setbacks from a lot line or building height restrictions. Once issued, the DVP is registered on the Legal Title. 

When is a Development Variance Permit required?

When a proposed building does not meet the requirements of the City’s zoning bylaw a DVP is required. An application can be submitted to request the consideration of Council to vary the requirement of the City bylaw. A DVP cannot be applied for to vary the land use or density of a zoning district as per the requirements of the Local Government Act (LGA). 

If an owner wishes to change the uses available on their land or density in which they can develop at, then they must rezone their property. 

Who can apply for a Development Variance Permit?

The property owner(s) or an authorized agent may apply for a DVP. An agent authorization form must be submitted with the application should it be applied for on the owners behalf. If the subject property is owned by a company, the agent authorization form and proof of signing authority is required. 

How long does it take to get a Development Variance Permit? 

The time required to review and obtain a decision on a DVP application depends on a number of factors but ensuring the application is complete is the first step. Timelines vary depending on the complexity of the project, the number and type of variances requested, time to revise the plans and address the specific issues identified by staff, and the scheduling of Council meetings.

Application Process

Before making a formal application to Development Services, it is advisable to discuss your project with the Planning Department staff. For more information call 250-837-3637.

Step 1: Submission of Application

To apply for a DVP submit a completed application form, with all documents, required attachments and fees to the City of Revelstoke Planning and Development department. The application will be accepted only if it is complete and contains all of the required information. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Step 2: Application Review and Referral

Your DVP application will be assigned to a team member of the Planning Department and they will serve as the file manager. The file manager will review the application in accordance with applicable bylaws and regulations. The DVP application will be referred to various internal/external agencies for input. The referral period is three weeks. 

Step 3: Communication with the Applicant 

Throughout the process the file manager may request further information or clarification from the applicant or the applicant’s architect, engineer or other coordinating professional. The timing of the review of the application will depend on how quickly the applicant can provide additional information to the Planner as requested. Staff request that there is one main point of contact for the application to ensure consistent, coordinated communication.

Step 4: Public Notification 

Once the City of Revelstoke staff are generally satisfied with the application they will prepare a notice describing the proposed variance with a package will be available online for the public to review. The notice will be mailed to property owners and tenants within a 100m radius of the subject property. Notices will be mailed prior to the Council meeting and any public comments will be added to the report for consideration. Notification must be mailed or otherwise delivered at least 10 days prior to the Council meeting. 

Step 5: Staff Report

Once staff have completed their review of the application the file manager will prepare a report for consideration by the Council. Staff will communicate with the applicant to ensure they are aware of the associated staff recommendation.The applicant is invited to attend the Council meeting. The applicant is able to speak to the application if the staff does not support the proposed variance. 

Step 6: Council Review 

Council will review the application and associated staff report and render a decision on whether or not to approve the requested variance.

Step 7: Issuance of Permit 

If the Council decides to approve the DVP a, Notice of Permit will be registered on title through the Land Titles and Survey Authority. Upon confirmation the applicant will be notified and can move forward with their building plans. The building design must be in strict accordance with the approved design of the DVP, any request to change the approved design may require a new DVP application.

Please note that the submission of a Building Permit application and a Development Variance Permit can begin to be processed concurrently, however should the DVP be defeated the applicant will forfeit any costs associated with it.

The DVP expires 2 years after being granted and if the applicant does not proceed with their plans within that time they will have to reapply for a DVP.

Processing Timelines

The following processing timeline is established from the date of receipt for a complete application. While this is a target, it is understood that difference circumstances (i.e. revisions, new plans, complexity of application, provincial approvals) may alter timelines to be shorter or longer than outlined below. 

Development Variance Permit: 3-4 months