The variance process described below applies only to projects within the Municipality of Jasper. Proponents requesting a variance for projects outside of the Jasper townsite should contact Parks Canada directly.

The land use regulations for Jasper National Park help regulate development across the Park. There are regulations on building setback lines, building heights, roof pitches, and exterior finishes. Each proposed development must comply with the appropriate Parks Canada regulations.

Sometimes there are unusual conditions on the property, and it may not be possible for a development to meet all the land use regulations for a given site. In other situations, a relaxation of the land use requirements for the site can help improve the overall design of the development relative to the park. In either of these cases, a ‘variance,’ or relaxation to the planning, architectural, siting, or other requirements of the land-use regulations may be justified.

Before a variance can be granted, every other option for compliance must be sought first. A variance may only be granted if the proposal meets the following 3 criteria:

  1. The proposed development is for a use authorized for that building or land in the community land-use plan and land use regulations;
  2. The proposed development would not unduly interfere with the amenities of the area or the use, enjoyment, safety, aesthetics, or value of neighbouring properties; and
  3. Either
    1. An unusual site configuration, soil conditions, or other factors, which are peculiar to the site and not common in the district and not the result of actions of the applicant, may result in unnecessary hardship or practical difficulties for the proposed development; or
    2. Approval of the variance would likely improve the quality of design of the development relative to the park or architectural motif design guidelines, or contribute to the conservation of a built heritage resource located in the park.

If you think your development proposal requires a variance and meets these 3 criteria, please complete the variance request form (PDF, 73 kb). Variance requests are heard once a month by the Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee). The committee considers and makes recommendations to the Park’s Canada’s Executive Director of Pacific and Mountain Parks on variance requests. The Director shall consider, but is not bound by the recommendations of the committee when making decisions on variance applications.

Applications must be submitted to pc-jasper.realty-pc@canada.ca by noon on the application cut-off date.

PDAC meeting dates and application cut-off dates
Meeting date Applications for the meeting must be received by 12:00pm on the below date
October 17, 2019September 23, 2019
November 21, 2019October 28, 2019
December 19, 2019November 25, 2019
January 16, 2020December 30, 2019
February 20, 2020January 20, 2020
March 19, 2020February 24, 2020
April 16, 2020March 23, 2020
May 21, 2020April 20, 2020
June 18, 2020May 25, 2020
July 16, 2020June 22, 2020
August 20, 2020July 20, 2020
September 17, 2020August 24, 2020
October 15, 2020September 21, 2020
November 19, 2020October 19, 2020
December 17, 2020November 23, 2020