Minor Variance

Rural home with blue roof near fields A minor variance may allow property owners to use their land in a way which does not comply exactly with the requirements of the Zoning By-Law. Examples of minor variances include height restrictions and building setbacks.

Do I Need a Minor Variance?

If you think you might need a minor variance, speak to our Chief Building Official or the Planner from Oxford County who is responsible for the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock 

Applying for a Minor Variance

Applications are submitted to the Committee of Adjustment at the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock. Look for the minor variance application on the Application Forms page. There is also an application fee, which is found in found in the Notes at the bottom of the minor variance application.. 

Once an application has been submitted, residents within a 60m radius of the property of interest, Councillors, and other related parties will be notified by writing. The applicant will also be required to post a sign outside their property advising the public of the requested change. A public hearing will then be held; the applicant and others will be able to voice their concerns to the Committee of Adjustment.

The Committee is authorized to grant you a minor variance if the following criteria are met:

  • The variance is minor;
  • The variance is desirable for the appropriate development or use of the property;
  • The general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law is maintained;
  • The general intent and purpose of the Official Plan is maintained.

The Committee may either approve your application or refuse it if one of the tests have not been met. It may also postpone the hearing. You will be notified of the Committee's decision in writing, which becomes final and binding if no appeals are received.

The Committee of Adjustment

The appointed Committee of Adjustment for this year can be found on the Popular By-Laws page.

Appeal

If anyone does not agree with the Committee's decision regarding a minor variance, an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board may be filed within 20 days of notice of the mailing decision.


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