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 jasperdevelopment@canada.ca by noon on the application cut-off date.


2020-2021 PDAC meeting dates and application cut-off dates
Meeting date Applications for the meeting must be received by 12 pm on the date below
November 19, 2020 October 19, 2020
December 17, 2020 November 23, 2020
January 21, 2021 December 28, 2020
February 18, 2021 January 25, 2021
March 18, 2021 February 22, 2021
April 15, 2021 March 22, 2021
May 20, 2021 April 26, 2021
June 17, 2021 May 24, 2021
July 15, 2021 June 21, 2021
August 19, 2021 July 26, 2021
September 16, 2021 August 23, 2021
October 21, 2021 September 27, 2021
November 18, 2021 October 25, 2021
December 16, 2021 November 22, 2021