The zoning by-law regulates how land and buildings are used and where buildings and structures can be located. The zoning by-law also specifies lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights, and other provisions necessary to ensure proper and orderly development.

When a proposal does not comply with the provisions of the zoning by-law, an owner may make a Minor variance application to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance. A minor variance provides relief from specific zoning law requirements, excusing a property owner from meeting the exact requirements of the by-law.

The Committee of Adjustment must ensure the variances, if approved, satisfy the following:

  • Considered to be a “minor” change from the zoning requirements;
  • Desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure;
  • Maintains the intent and purpose of the official plan; Part 1 and Part 2 and
  • Maintains the intent and purpose of the zoning by-law.

Apply for a Minor Variance

Applications for a minor variance are reviewed through the Committee of Adjustment.