Board of Variance

The Board of Variance (BOV) considers applications for minor variances in siting, dimensions, or size requirements (side yard, back, front, height and area coverage) where compliance with Bowen Island Municipality’s Land Use Bylaw would cause undue hardship. For example, if a big rock in a yard made it a hardship to site a house in conformity with the normal setbacks, a person could apply for a minor variance.

The Board cannot vary permitted uses, densities, or parking under the Land Use Bylaw, nor does it to deal with major variance applications. Major variances require a Development Variance Permit application.

Read the Board of Variance Establishment BylawSections 536 - 544 of the Local Government Act, or go to the BC Government webiste to learn more.

Apply to the Board of Variance

Go to this link to apply to the Board of Variance for minor variances.

Public Notices

There are no Board of Variance meetings scheduled at this time. 

Public Comments to Board of Variance Regarding Applications

Members of the public are encouraged to submit comment to the Board of Variance (BOV) either through written submissions provided ahead of the meeting or through verbal submissions during the Public Opportunity to Speak to the Board section of the meeting.

How to submit written comment
Written submissions from the public may be submitted via the Planning email or directly to the Committee Coordinator.  Submissions must reference the subject application number.  Please note that submissions received up to one week in advance of the meeting will be included in the published meeting agenda, later submissions will be presented to the BOV as on-table items at the meeting.

How to sign up for verbal public comment
E-mail the Committee Coordinator at up to 15 minutes before the meeting time.  In your email, please include the following:

  1. Subject line “BOV Public Comment”
  2. Name (first and last) and telephone number.
  3. Reference application number and address

How to join the meeting
Join the meeting via the Zoom link provided in the BOV agenda and wait with muted microphone and camera off for your name to be called during the Public Opportunity to Speak to the Board section of the meeting.

We ask that you respect the time limit allotted by the Chair and once finished to please mute your microphone and turn off your camera. You may also leave Zoom at this time and proceed to view the deliberations on our YouTube Channel.

Current Board of Variance Members

  • Frits de Vries, Chair
  • Christopher Hall
  • Rick Jones


BIM YouTube Channel

Agendas and Minutes



Record of Board of Variance Decisions

BOV Decisions

Reference Documents


Last Updated on 2021-07-22 at 10:16 AM