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 special 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. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Official Plan?
  2. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Zoning By-law?
  3. Is the application desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?
  4. Is the application minor?

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