What is a Minor Variance?

When you submit a building permit or planning application, your project will be compared with the requirements set out in the Zoning By-law. If you do not meet all requirements, you may apply for a Minor Variance.

The Minor Variance process is a method to seek relief for the zoning requirements through the Committee of Adjustment when hardship or circumstances do not allow you to meet the standards in the Zoning By-law. A minor variance must meet four tests:

  1. The variance must be minor.
  2. The variance must be desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure.
  3. The variance must maintain the general purpose and intent of the Zoning By-law.
  4. The variance must maintain the general purpose and intent, if any, of the Official Plan.

How Do I Apply?

Check the Minor Variance Manual for a short step-by step outline of the application process.

Contact the Planning Department for a pre-consultation (required) and complete the Minor Variance Application Form.

The Minor Variance process typically takes 1.5 to 2.5 months.

Notices in the Mail

Did You Receive a Minor Variance Notice in the Mail?

If you received notice in the mail about an application and public meeting for a minor variance, it is because you live within 60 m of the property.

For more information about the application, or to provide your comments, contact the Planning Department.