Consents / Severance

Consent is a term used to describe the municipal approval process required to subdivide land without the need for plan of subdivision. The creation of three new lots or less from any one parcel of land us typically done through a consent application. Consent applications considered through the Committee of Adjustment can deal with: new lot creation, easements, lot additions, transfers, leases, charges, and/or corrections of title.

Consents are are reviewed and decided upon by the Committee of Adjustment, a Committee appointed by Council for this purpose. An application may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Ultimately, all decisions are at the discretion of the Committee. Each consent is considered on a site-by-site basis, and every application is unique. The application and approvals process for a straightforward consent application typically take two to three months. This process includes a 20-day appeal period, which begins after notice of Committee’s decision has been given. Like other Planning Act applications, consent decisions can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. If an application is approved, the applicant has one year to fulfill any conditions imposed by Committee.

For more information about consents on agricultural lots, please open the Consent VIA Farm Consolidation Information Sheet.

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