Development Applications

Land Use Development Requirements

If your project doesn’t meet the requirements set out in the Bylaws, you may need to apply for an amendment or permit, prior to applying for a Building Permit:

  • Development Variance Permit (DVP)
  • Official Community Plan Amendment
  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment
  • approval by the Board of Variance (BOV)

What is a Development Variance Permit?

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a permit required to vary regulations in a development bylaw (Zoning Bylaw, Subdivision Bylaw, Parking Bylaw, and Sign Bylaw) such as building setbacks, height, or parking requirements. A DVP cannot be used to change the permitted uses or density of a property; for this, you must apply for rezoning. All DVP applications are subject to the approval of the Village of Lytton.

Applicants should take the time to discuss with staff the proposed variance prior to submitting an application. Applicants are encouraged to consider the potential impact of the proposed variance on the community and are urged to explore alternative design options that eliminate the need for a variance.

Variance applications

Any questions regarding the Development Variance Permit application process may be directed to

Please include with your inquiry:  name, phone number, property address of the building site, and description of what you are proposing to build.

What is a Development Permit area?

Within designated Development Permit Areas land must not be subdivided or altered and buildings or structures cannot be constructed or altered, unless the owner has first obtained a Development Permit.
The owner must apply for a Development Permit (DP) if the building is in an area designated by the Village’s Official Community Plan as a development permit area.

A Development Permit may specify requirements respecting the character of development, including landscaping, and the siting, form, exterior design and finish of buildings and structures; environmental protection; protection from hazardous conditions.

Certain lands are designated as Development Permit Areas within an Official Community Plan and require special regulation of development to respond to any one or a combination of Village objectives:

  • control of the form and character of development
  • protection from hazardous conditions such as steep slopes intermittent stream gullies and unstable soils.
  • protection of the natural environment (eg. riparian areas, energy, water conservation, greenhouse gases)
  • protection of farming

Official Community Plans define and map each development permit area. They describe the objectives and specify development guidelines for each area.