Minor Variances

Zoning bylaws govern the type of use permitted on a property and lists minimum development requirements. If your construction or renovation project has been denied a building permit, zoning certificate of occupancy or is unable to comply with the provisions of the zoning by-law, you can apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance. 

The minor variance application process is a method to seek relief through the Committee of Adjustments when circumstances do not allow you to meet the standards listed in the bylaw. Examples of minor variances include relief from certain parking space requirements, building setbacks and height restrictions.

Minor Variances may be granted provided that, in the opinion of the committee:

  • The request is minor in nature,
  • The request is desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure, and
  • The general intent and purpose of the zoning bylaw and the Official Plan are maintained.

Minor Variance Application

Complete a Committee of Adjustment Minor Variance Application form and return the completed form to the Engineering  Department 944 James Street. The application must be accompanied by the application fee and submitted no later than 20 days before the Committee of Adjustment meeting date. Please follow up with either City Hall at 519-539-1291 or one of the Building Department Technicians at 519-539-2382 ext. 3106 or 3103 for the next scheduled meeting and the latest date your application must be submitted.

Paper copies of the application are available at the City of Woodstock Building Department or at City Hall in the Clerks Department.

Fillable Format: Minor Variance Application Form

Print Format: Minor Variance Application Form

Application Fees

The fee is $800.  Fees are due when you submit the application. Fees can be paid by cash, cheque (payable to the city of Woodstock) or by debit/Interac.

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