Minor dispensations

A minor variance is a measure of exception to standards established in zoning or subdivision by-laws, other than those relating to ground use or density, and allowing, under certain conditions, a minor exception from applicable standards so as to adjust their application in certain specific cases.

Anyone wishing to obtain a subdivision permit, construction permit or authorization certificate and who is unable to comply with by-laws can request a resolution of the Municipal Council granting him a minor variance. As well, anyone who notes that his construction fails to comply with by-laws in every regard, can request a resolution of the Municipal Council granting him a minor variance. Before being submitted to the Municipal Council, the request for a minor variance must first be submitted for analysis to members of the Urban Planning Advisory Committee (CCU).

The Municipal Council cannot grant a minor variance in the following cases:

  • No permit or authorization certificate was issued prior to the start of work, whether construction is ongoing or already completed, which means that the work was not carried out in good faith.

  • Construction work could be prejudicial to the owners of neighbouring buildings

  • Construction work is carried out in a zone where land use is subject to restrictions for reasons of public security (flood zone, landslide zone).

  • The request for a minor variance deals with usage and land use density.

  • The request for a minor variance deals with an element of the construction by-law.

At all times, in order to be admissible, the request for a minor variance must comply with the objectives of the urban plan and the spirit of the zoning and subdivision by-laws.

Fee
The cost of studying a minor variance request is $700

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