Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Minor Variance?


A minor variance is a small variation from the requirements of the zoning by-law. A minor variance approval is a certificate of permission, because it allows the property owner to obtain a building permit even though their property does not comply precisely with the zoning by-law. Under Section 45(1) of the Planning Act there are four tests a minor variance must meet:

  1. Is the application minor?
  2. Is the application desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?
  3. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Zoning By-law?
  4. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Official Plan? It is important to note that to consider any application a minor variance it must meet all four tests.


Planning and Development Department Questions

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What is a Minor Variance?
What is a consent? /(land severance)/
What is a building permit and why is it needed?
What projects need a building permit?
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How do I get a building permit?