Development Variance Permits

A Development Variance Application is required when a proposed building cannot comply with the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw or other municipal bylaws. For example, on a narrow lot or irregularly shaped parcel, strict compliance with the setbacks could place an unreasonable hardship on the owners.

Development Variance Permits:

  • Grant a variance for a particular feature, such as a side yard setback or increase in height.
  • Cannot vary the use of the land, change zoning or official community plan designations.
  • Cannot vary the allowable density of a site.

Public Input
Development Variance Permit applications are reviewed by Council after adjacent neighbours have been advised of a proposed variance. A formal public hearing is not required; however, there are two options for providing input.

1. Submit comments in writing to the Township prior to the meeting, or
2. Attend the Council Meeting in person and share your comments during 'Public Input' - near the beginning of the meeting and prior to the consideration of 'Staff Reports' - each speaker will be limited to two minutes.

Download a Development Variance Permit Application and Application Checklist.

Download the Development Application Procedures and Fees Bylaw (No. 2791).

Find Development Services contacts.