While the preferred approach is to develop within the scope of existing regulations, a Development Variance Permit is typically considered when specific site characteristics or other unique circumstances do not permit strict compliance with an existing regulation.
A property owner may apply for a Development Variance Permit to vary regulations in the Zoning and Parking Bylaw 303, 2015 or a land use contract bylaw (other than use and density), the Subdivision Servicing Bylaw or the Sign Bylaw 558, 1987.
- Determine if your proposal is within the jurisdiction of a Development Variance Permit.
- Call 604-935-8170 to schedule a pre-application meeting with Planning Department staff to discuss your proposal. Staff will review the process, application submission requirements and timing.
- Submit a completed Development Variance Permit Application with the required documentation and fees.
- Post a Development Variance Permit Application notification sign on the subject lands.
The Development Variance Permit Application fee is $450.
In addition, the following rates will be applied to all applications to cover the Resort Municipality of Whistler's (RMOW's) direct costs of processing, reporting, analysis and inspection related to the application:
|Professional staff time||$60 per hour|
|Clerical staff time||$30 per hour|
|Hand-delivered notification||$40 per hour|
|Legal services, newspaper ads, third party consulting||At cost|
Notification to Neighbours
Prior to Council making a decision on a Development Variance Permit Application, notification of the application must be mailed or otherwise delivered at least 10 days prior to Council’s consideration to all owners and tenants of the subject lands as well as land that is adjacent to the subject lands.
Submission of complete and accurate information will accelerate the Development Variance Permit process.
The application is reviewed by the Planning Department and other affected RMOW departments.
Staff make a recommendation in a report to Council, using consistent Evaluation Criteria for Development Variance Permits. Staff and Council consider written submissions from neighbours.
Council, by resolution, either approves or denies the Development Variance Permit.