Request for a Minor Exemption


How to request a minor exemption

Presenting the request

A minor exemption request begins with an application made to the Urban Planning and Building Inspections Department. This application must be made on the Request for a Minor Exemption Form and must clearly explain why a minor exemption is being requested. In addition, two (2) sets of plans and an application fee equal to $1300 for the study of the application and the publication of the public notice. This fee shall not be reimbursed to the applicant if the request is approved. In the case where the request would be refused, an amount equal to $400 could be reimbursed to the applicant upon receipt of a letter withdrawing said request, and this, before the public notice is published.

Note: Should someone other than the property owner request the minor exemption, written authorization from the property owner is required.

Planning advisory committee

The Section Chief, Urban Planning and Building Inspections, presents the request at a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. These closed-door meetings take place once a month throughout the year. The PAC, which is comprised of citizens, a Council member, and the Section Chief, Urban Planning and Building Inspections, will review the request. Following this meeting, a report will be presented to Council for consideration during a Committee meeting.

Public notice

At least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting where the Town Council shall rule on the application, a notice will be published in a local newspaper stating:

1. When the request will be presented to Council for their consideration;
2. That any interested person may be heard by the Town Council in relation to the application.

Decision by council

After due consideration at the public meeting, Council will take a decision concerning the minor exemption request. The applicant will receive a copy of the resolution from the Town Clerk and, if the response is favourable, can then complete their request for a building permit, subdivision permit, or certificate of authorization by submitting the necessary plans to the Urban Planning and Building Inspections Department.