Board of Variance and Parking Variance Board

Both Boards hear appeals on decisions about zoning, parking, development, signage, and tree matters.

Appeal submission deadlines and meeting dates

Appeals are accepted by appointment only. Please contact 604-873-7723 to book an appointment at least one week prior to the Board's submission deadline dates listed below.

Hearings occur at 1:15pm in Committee Room 1, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Ave.

Submission deadline Meeting date
Monday, December 7, 2015 Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Monday, December 14, 2015 Wednesday, January 20
Monday, January 4 Wednesday, February 3
Monday, January 18 Wednesday, February 17
Monday, February 1 Wednesday, March 3
Monday, February 22 Wednesday, March 30
Monday, March 7 Wednesday, April 6
Friday, March 11 Wednesday, April 20
Monday, April 4 Wednesday, May 4
Monday, April 18 Wednesday, May 18
Monday, May 2 Wednesday, June 1
Monday, May 16 Wednesday, June 15
Monday, June 6 Wednesday, July 13
Monday, June 20 Wednesday, July 27
Monday, July 18 Wednesday, August 24
Tuesday, August 16 Wednesday, September 7
Monday, August 22 Wednesday, September 21
Tuesday, September 6 Wednesday, October 5
Monday, September 19 Wednesday, October 19
Tuesday, October 17 Tuesday, November 16
Monday, October 31 Wednesday, November 30
Monday, November 21 Wednesday, December 14
Monday, December 5, 2016 Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, December 12, 2016 Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Terms of reference

The board operates under the terms of Board of Variance Bylaw and The Vancouver Charter, section 572.

The board hears appeals on decisions made under these bylaws:

  • Zoning and Development Bylaw

    Regulates the development of property in Vancouver by encouraging land use and building in accordance with community goals and visions for the future of Vancouver and its neighbourhoods.

  • Sign Bylaw

    Regulates the number, type, form, appearance, and location of signs according to zoning districts and uses within a district.

  • Protection of Trees Bylaw

    Allows us to preserve, protect, and strengthen our urban forest, while still providing some flexibility for tree removal in the event of property maintenance and development.

  • Parking Bylaw

    Regulates the number and design of parking, loading, bicycle parking, and passenger spaces that are to be provided in association with development on a site.

Board decisions are binding. City committees or Council may give information to the Boards on particular appeals, but they cannot influence Board decisions.

Meeting frequency

The board generally meets at City Hall the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 1:15pm, and run until all appeals have been heard.

There is also a site inspection the day before each board meeting to visit all the sites under appeal. Site inspections start at 1:00pm and run until all sites have been visited.

Time commitment

The time commitment during meeting weeks is 15 hours per week on average. Considerable time is also spent reviewing appeals.

As well, many board activities occur during weekday daytime hours, so board members should have a lot of control over their schedule.


There must be a minimum number of three members of the board present to make decisions.


Members of the Board of Variance are entitled to receive payment for their expenses incurred in the conduct of their official duties on the board, including transportation to and from:

  • Their home or office to meetings of the board
  • Inspection trips to view sites involved in appeals


Both Boards consist of the same five members, all of whom are appointed by City Council, who usually have experience in the building industry. Appointed or elected City officials cannot be Board members.

All members can be reappointed. There is no limit on the number of terms a member may serve. The Chair is elected by the members.


In accordance with the City's Civic Committee public selection process, on 23 June 2015, City Council appointed the final list of members. Their terms started on 1 July 2015, and end on 30 June 2018.

  • Gilbert Tan, Board Chair
  • George Chow
  • Jag Dhillon
  • Namtez (Babbu) Sohal  
  • Martha Welsh

Contact the Board of Variance

Room 112, 1st Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3

Louis Ng
Board Secretary


How appeals work

Appeal decisions to the Board of Variance or Parking Variance Board

If your development application is rejected, check if you can appeal it to the Board of Variance or Parking Variance Board.

Schedule your appeal

Learn how to file your appeal to the Board of Variance. Get information on appeal deadlines, extensions, and fees.

Prepare your appeal

Gather the required information and prepare the plans and calculations before your appeal is heard by the Board of Variance.

Attend your hearing

Learn how hearings work, postpone or withdraw from a hearing. Find the Board of Variance hearing location, dates, and times.