Minor exemption

A minor exemption is a special permission granted by Municipal council, on exception, in order to render an existing or proposed non-conforming situation, into a conforming situation in relation to municipal by-laws.

For example, if someone wishes to build a garage at three metres from his property line, whereas the planning by-law allows for a minimal distance to be respected between the property line and the garage, of 4.5 metres. This person will request a "minor exemption" by explaining the reason why he cannot respect the existing by-law.

If the minor exemption is accepted by municipal council, a building permit for the construction of the garage at a distance of three metres from the property line will then be given.

If the request is refused, the garage must be built at a distance of 4.5 metres from the property line, as stipulated in the municipal by-law.



  • A minor exemption must respect the objectives of the Planning By-law.
  • All provisions pertaining to zoning and subdivision, other than those relative to usage and land use density, can be subjected to a minor exemption.
  • A minor exemption can be granted if the application of the Planning By-law causes a serious prejudice to the person making the request.
  • A minor exemption must not hinder the right of enjoyment, by the owners of adjoining properties, of their right of property.
  • The application must comply with all of the provisions of the construction By-law and of the zoning and subdivision By-laws not subject to a minor exemption.


Applicants must accompany their completed request with the required amount according to fees in force, in order to cover fees relating to the study and administration of the file.

The Planning and Sustainable Development Advisory Committee will be required to offer a recommendation for each request to Municipal Council.

The procedure will take approximately two months.


Request for a minor exemption


For requests made after completion of work

In the case of an existing situation found derogatory to a by-law provision, fees are set at $700 for the building, structure or developed area subject of the application. For each addition application for a minor exemption applicable to another by-law provision made with the one listed above, fees are set at $350.


For requests made before commencing work

In the case of an application for a minor exemption to a by-law provision, the fee is set at $500 for the building, structure or area to develop subject of the application. For each additional application for a minor exemption applicable to another by-law provision made with the one listed above, fees are set at $250.


Methods of payment

Fees can be paid at the Municipality's Town Hall using the following payment methods:

  • Debit card
  • Cash
  • Cheque payable to the Municipality of Chelsea

Filing of application - The request must be made at least 10 days before the meeting of the Planning and Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (PSDAC)

Pre-analysis - Based upon its nature and complexity, the file may require to be reviewed by other departments/committees beforehand or need additional information to complete the analysis. expect additional lead-time if this is the case

Submission to the PSDAC - The file is assessed by PSDAC members who will issue a recommendation to Council

Decision of the Municipal Council - A resolution is prepared and submitted to Council for a final decision

Filling Deadlines

PSDAC Meetings

Council Meetings

Friday January 4th January 16th February 5th
Friday January 25th February 6th March 12th
Friday March 1st March 13rd April 2nd
Friday March 22nd April 3rd May 7th
Friday April 26th May 8th June 4th
Friday May 24th June 5th July 9th
Friday June 28th July 10th August 6th
Friday July 26th August 7th September 3rd
Friday August 23rd September 4th October 1st
Friday September 20th October 2nd November 5th
Friday October 25th November 6th December 3rd
Friday October 22nd December 4th In January 2020



Planning and Sustainable
Development Department