What is a Development Variance Permit?

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a land use permit used by local governments to 'vary' or relax a regulation. A DVP is required whenever proposed development does not meet a regulation in a zoning bylaw, sign bylaw, subdivision bylaw or parking bylaw. Examples of regulations that may be varied include building setbacks, height or site coverage. Keep in mind - a DVP cannot vary land use or density. In order to do change a land use or the density of that use you will require a rezoning application. DVP applications are discretionary, which means depending on the merits of the situation it may be denied. All DVPs are first heard by the Electoral Areas Services Committee (EASC) and then approved/denied by the CVRD Board.

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1. When do I need a building permit to do work in the Regional District?
2. How do I get a building permit?
3. How much does a permit cost?
4. How can I pay for my building permit?
5. How long does it take to process a building permit?
6. Can I get the permit process started before I have a complete application?
7. How long is a building permit valid?
8. How and when can I request building inspections?
9. What building inspections are required in the CVRD?
10. What time will my Building Official come to do the inspection?
11. Where can I get a copy of the BC Building Code?
12. Do I need a permit for a deck or garden shed?
13. Do you release copies of building inspection records?
14. Where can I find information on my septic system / well?
15. Do I require a building permit for a farm building?
16. I have a general question, who should I talk to?
17. Can I use lumber cut from timber on my property to construct my house or accessory building?
18. What Climate Zone is my property in?
19. What is my Seismic Sa(0.2) value?
20. What is zoning?
21. What is a Riparian Area?
22. What is the Web Map and how do I use it?
23. What is an accessory dwelling unit?
24. Can I have an accessory dwelling unit?
25. What is a secondary suite?
26. Can I have a secondary suite in my home?
27. What are Development Permit Areas (DPAs)?
28. What is a Development Permit?
29. How do I know if I need a Development Permit?
30. What is a Development Variance Permit?
31. Can I have an Air B&B?
32. Can I cut down a tree (or trees), and do I need a permit?
33. Can I have a 'tiny home'?
34. Does CVRD enforce or require compliance with the BC Energy Step Code?
35. What are my Snow Loads?
36. Are there requirements for fence construction?
37. How can I get information on a building file?
38. Do I need a building permit for a pool?