Board of Variance Committee

Important Note: In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Provincial Health Officer has implemented limitations on gatherings. To respect this limitation and keep the public safe, the City of White Rock is committed to the health and safety of our community. In keeping with Ministerial Order No. M192 from the Province of British Columbia, Committee meetings will take place without the public in attendance until further notice. Committee Meetings are currently held digitally using Microsoft Teams. The City will continue to monitor the health advisories and limitations established by the Province. 


All meetings begin at 3:30 pm and are limited to three hours. Notice concerning the time and location is provided in the Peace Arch News and on the City's Events Calendar.

2021 Board of Variance Schedule of Appeal Meeting Dates

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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The Board of Variance is an independent appeal body, appointed by City Council, that considers requests for minor variances as relating to the size, siting, and physical dimensions of buildings and structures as regulated by the White Rock Zoning Bylaw, 2012, No. 2000 (PDF) and other rulings as set out in the Local Government Act.

The variance must be justified by the presence of “undue hardship.” Undue hardship limits the Board to considering only hardships that result from characteristics specific to a site, as opposed to those generated by - or personal to - the property owner. Financial hardship or loss of an amenity is unlikely to be considered a sufficient reason on its own. For more information on the Board of Variance, readers may wish to refer to relevant sections of the Local Government Act itself.


Prior to making a decision, a notice will be sent to adjacent property owners who have the right to support or oppose the appeal. In considering its decision, the Board of Variance must consider (among other considerations) whether the requested variance(s) or exemption(s) would do any of the following:

  • Adversely affect the natural environment
  • Defeat the intent of the Bylaw
  • Result in inappropriate development of the site
  • Substantially affect the use and enjoyment of adjacent land
  • Vary permitted uses and densities under the applicable bylaw

A decision of the Board is final. Please note that a ruling from the Board of Variance will expire if not acted upon in accordance with the Local Government Act.


Lorne Ebenal, Chairperson, Community Member
Jatinder Pal Singh Gill, Community Member
Geoff Parkin, Community Member

* All members of the Board of Variance have been appointed with a term ending December 31, 2022.

Apply to the Board

Before you apply to the Board of Variance, please contact the Planning and Development Services Department directly to determine if a variance is required to accommodate your proposal. You can call us directly at either 604-541-2136, or email the Planning Department.

If you wish to proceed with a Board of Variance application, you will required to submit a completed Board of Variance application form, the associated documentation (outlined on the Board of Variance application form (PDF)), and a fee of $550.

Staff will only accept a complete and full application, so be sure to confirm your requirements with staff prior to submission. All Board of Variance applications are processed pursuant to the White Rock Planning Procedures Bylaw, 2017, No. 2234, and the White Rock Board of Variance Bylaw, 2004, No. 1753.