The Board of Variance is an independent body which considers requests for minor variances to the Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw regarding the siting, size and dimensions of buildings. The Board, which consists of five members appointed by Coquitlam City Council, has the authority to grant variances in situations where compliance with the Zoning Bylaw would cause a person undue hardship. The term "undue hardship" limits the Board to considering only hardships that result from aspects of the site as opposed to those which are personal to, or generated by, the owner.
Applications for the Board of Variance are handled in person by the Building Permits Division, Main Floor, City Hall. If you have any questions about the function of the Board of Variance, please email the City Clerk's Office or call 604-927-3010.
If you would like to participate in the Board of Variance consultation process, we encourage you to register as far in advance of the meeting as possible. A comprehensive list of participation methods is provided below.
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To find the live broadcast link, please go to the Watch Council Meetings webpage. Please note that the broadcast link will not be visible until the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
If you have questions, please call the Clerk's Office at 604-927-3010.
As the City of Coquitlam transitions through the BC Restart Plan, those wishing to listen and/or participate at Council or Committee Meetings are encouraged to do so remotely via Zoom.
Please call the Clerk's Office at 604-927-3010, or email at email@example.com, if you require further information.
Please note, you may register to attend the meeting remotely without signing up to speak to an item. The City Clerk’s Office will compile a speakers list for each item. Everyone will be permitted to speak at the verbal input opportunity but those who have registered in advance will be given first opportunity. Once the speakers list has been exhausted, you will be asked to use the raise hand feature to indicate if you would like to speak. For participants using the telephone, the raise hand feature can be activated by dialing *9. For participants using a computer/smart phone/tablet, the raise hand feature can be activated by selecting the raise hand button found in Webinar Controls. For more information on using the raise hand feature, and to see what the feature looks like on the various platforms, please consult this help article at the Zoom support website.
Please also note that there is a short delay between the broadcast of the meeting available at Agenda and Minutes page and the Zoom meeting. It is not advisable to use both methods to view the proceedings at the same time.
Presentations or submissions must be received by the Board before the Meeting for that application is concluded as the Board will vote on the item.
Speaking Tips for remote participants:
Remote participation will be conducted by Zoom. Zoom can be used via a computer with a microphone, a tablet or smart phone, or by a land line. Zoom is a US based video conferencing solution used extensively by cities and the provincial government. Like most similar programs/software/services, Zoom will collect a limited amount of personal information about you when you register to join the meeting. If you are not comfortable with this collection of personal information, please participate by writing to Council.