A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a site-specific variance of one or more aspects of the Zoning Bylaw – excluding use or density. DVPs are necessary when aspects of a development project, like building height, do not meet the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw. A DVP is a binding legal document that is registered on the title of a property.
If a development project does not comply with the zoning or subdivision bylaw, the applicant can apply to Council for a Development Variance permit. These are site-specific variances to certain provisions of the Zoning Bylaw and are most typically issued for height and other setbacks. A Development Variance permit cannot vary the use, density or flood plain specifications set out in the Town of Comox, Zoning Bylaw 1850 (PDF). It is recommended that you contact the Planning Department to discuss your project to ensure a variance is necessary prior to submitting your application.
In addition to the Zoning Bylaw, you should review Landslide and Flooding Hazards for information regarding geotechnical report requirements. If you have any questions whether or not a geotechnical report will be required for your project, please contact the planning department prior to submitting your application.
If you have any questions regarding Development Variance Permits or the Variance Permitting Process, please see the Application Process (PDF) or contact the Planning Department either in person at Town Hall or by phone (250) 339-1118.