Board of Variance

The role of the Board of Variance is to consider applications for variances to the District’s Zoning Bylaw where compliance with applicable bylaws or legislation would cause hardship. The Board functions independently from Council and operates under the authority of the Local Government Act. Learn more about the Board’s functions in the Bylaw

To learn more about the different types of District committees and commissions, attending committee meetings and becoming a volunteer member, click here.

Who We Are

The Board of Variance is made up of three members of the public appointed by Tofino Council.

To view the current membership list click here.

The District's Manager of Community Sustainability serves as staff liaison.


The Board meets at the call of the Chair on an as needed basis.

How do I apply?

Before applying to the Board of Variance, you should review your plans and drawings with the District’s Community Sustainability Department to determine if a variance is required for building permit approval.

The application process is outlined in the Board of Variance Bylaw No. 1010, 2005


Contact Us

Dana Hawkins, Planner

(T) 250-725-3229