Development Permit Areas & Development Variance Permit
The Local Government Act of BC, Section 488, gives local governments the authority to designate Development Permit Areas (DPA) within an Official Community Plan. These DPAs may be created to establish building form and character or intensive residential development within a specific area. DPAs may also be created for protection of the natural environment, promote energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gases.
Each Development Permit Area has corresponding guidelines which are the guiding principles of all new development within each specific DPA. When a development is within a specific DPA (or within multiple DPAs) it is required that the development meet specific requirements prior to proceeding to a Building Permit.
|Development Permit Area||DPA #||Regulation Objective||Development Permit Requirements|
|Multi-Family Residential||DPA 1||Form and Character; Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Checklist|
|Downtown||DPA 2||Form and Character; Revitalization; Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Checklist|
|Highway Corridor||DPA 3||Form and Character; Revitalization; Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Checklist|
|Other Commercial Areas||DPA 4||Form and Character; Revitalization; Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Checklist|
|Natural Environment||DPA 5||Protection of the Natural Environment||Checklist|
|Hazard Lands||DPA 6||Protection of Development from Hazardous Conditions (i.e. floods)||Checklist|
In addition to the above DPAs the entire area within the City of Duncan is established as a Development Approval Information Area, which gives the City the authority to request additional information or requirements (above and beyond those of the DPA guidelines) to mitigate specific conditions or effects of development.
If you would like to know more or believe your project may require a Development Permit please contact the Development Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-746-6126, for guidance to help you navigate through the process.
- Development Permit Application Guide
- Authorization of Agent
- DP Application
- DP – Application Checklist
- Development Approvals Procedure Bylaw No. 1901
- Community Sustainability Checklist
Development Variance Permit
A Development Variance Permit is a process by which a property owner or developer (authorized agent) may request to vary the provisions of a regulatory bylaw such as a Zoning Bylaw, Parking Bylaw, or Subdivision Bylaw.
Regulations are generally intended to shape development or the use of land but there are often situations where strict adherence to a bylaw makes the development unreasonably difficult or sometimes not possible. In these circumstances a Development Variance Permit application may be submitted and it is then at Council’s discretion whether or not to approve the application.
A Development Variance Permit cannot vary the use or density of land. The only way to change the use of land or increase density is by way of rezoning the property to another zone to accommodate the use.
If you would like to know more about the Development Variance Permit process please contact the Development Services Department at email@example.com or 250-746-6126, for more information and guidance to help you navigate through the process.