Variance Application Form

Want to apply for a variance?

Review these helpful tips first:
• Review information on the  Variance Information Page  to determine requirements. 
• Submit complete applications – complete online form and email documents on the same day, by following the steps outlined below. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
• Submit revisions only after a variance application number has been assigned.
• Keep variance status inquiries to a minimum. We will only respond to permit status inquiries once the complete application has been in the system for more than 15 business days. 

Application Steps:

STEP 1. Submission of Form: Read all the steps, then fill in the form below. 

STEP 2. Submission of application information: Once the form is submitted, send all required documentation and associated plans, as soon as possible,  via email , which must include: 
•    Subject Line containing: The name as it appears on the Application Submission form being submitted below, and the address or PID (Not Lot Numbers) of the variance site. Example: Jane Doe - 123 Harbour Street, Halifax or PID 41258744 
•    Documentation: Must be in PDF, Word or JPG format and cannot exceed 30MB. 
•    Contact name and number: Name and phone number of the contact person for further communications related to this application. 
STEP 3. Customer Contact: Once your required documentation is received, you will be contacted to: 
•    Review what has been submitted 
•    Advise of any applicable fees and any additional information that may be required 
•    Discuss payment options 
An email with the information discussed and a fee summary, if applicable, will then be sent for your record. Note: Please check your spam and junk mail folder throughout the subdivision process. 

STEP 4. Payment: 
Although this is a Planning & Development application, if you are paying by credit card, a Customer Service Representative will be in contact to process your payment.
If you are paying in-person or by cheque visit one of our 2 Customer Service Locations: 
•    7071 Bayers Rd: 2nd Floor – Suite 2005 
•    40 Alderney Dr – 1st floor 
If you are paying by cheque:
     1. Make cheque payable to Halifax Regional Municipality 
     2. Include the application number and contact number at the bottom of the cheque 
     3. Drop off at one of the 2 available Customer Service Drop-box locations:
Bayers Road: Located on 1st floor, beside the convenience store, across from the TD Bank  
Alderney Drive: Outside the Customer Service counter

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)

Applicant Information

Name *
Address *

Variance information

Which requirement of the land use by-law do you wish to vary? (check all that apply)

Which requirement of the land use by-law do you wish to vary? (check all that apply):

In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), any personal information collected on this application form will only be used by municipal staff and, if necessary, individuals and/or organizations under service contract with the Halifax Regional Municipality for purposes relating to the processing of variance applications. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this personal information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902.943.2148 or
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