The Williams Lake Board of Variance consists of three (3) independent members of the public appointed by City Council. It is the Board's responsibility to make a decision where an applicant wishes to vary a Zoning Bylaw regulation with regard to the siting, dimension or size of an existing building; or the siting of a mobile home in a mobile home park; or the prohibition of a structural alteration or addition to a non-conforming building.
Also, the Building Inspector's determination of building damage can be varied and sanctioned by the Board.
The Board deals with only minor variances and may not approve a variance that in the Board's opinion:
Results in the inappropriate development of the site;
Substantially affects the use and enjoyment of adjacent land;
Varies permitted uses and densities under the applicable Bylaw; and
Defeats the intent of the Bylaw.
The Board meets on-demand as applications are submitted. There is a mandatory procedure for processing each application which City Administration must follow. All property owners and occupiers adjacent to the land to which the application relates must be notified and given a specific time to respond or the opportunity to attend the Board meeting to present their concerns. It normally takes 1-2 months between the time of application and the Board of Variance's decision. The applicant can attend the Board meeting to explain his or her request.