1. New project proposal
The first step is the presentation of plans and perspectives of the proposed project to the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC then makes a recommendation to City Council who vote on whether or not to approve the proposed project.
The PAC and council meet regularly. See the schedule for council meetings. A schedule for PAC meetings as well as deadlines for application submission is available by contacting the Urban Planning Department.
After approval in principle of the new design, some of the following steps may need to be taken before a construction permit can be issued. Applications for each step are again first reviewed by the PAC for recommendation and then voted on by City Council.
2. Zoning amendment
Zoning amendments are required when the zone in which the property is located does not permit the proposed use (e.g. residential building in a commercial zone). Zoning amendments must follow a complex approval process (notice of motion, adoption of draft by-law, public consultation and approval of by-law) and take a minimum of three months to complete. Please contact us for more information.
3. Minor exemption
Minor exemptions allow for small deviations from the zoning by-law that are not related to land use or occupation density. They are required to allow new nonconforming construction as well as pre-existing nonconforming conditions. More information regarding the application process for minor exemptions is available in the Minor Exemptions guide.