What is a variance?
A variance, or “alternative solution” is a means to authorize an installation, process, equipment, or action that is not strictly consistent with existing code rules, but that provides an equal or greater level of safety than what is required by the code rule.
When are variances used?
Variances are used to allow for innovative design and new construction technology or methodology.
How can I request a variance?
Variances are requested by the owner to the safety codes officer. Variances may only be issued by a safety codes officer, a technical administrator, or the Safety Codes Council.
Under Section 38 of the Safety Codes Act, an Administrator must be notified of all variances issued by safety codes officers.
The Council maintains a registry system to house a record of these variances. We require that a copy of the signed variance be submitted. Note that we no longer require supporting documentation be provided for our registry.