A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new adjoining properties. This is commonly known as a severance but more formally it’s called a consent.
Local municipal official plans contain specific land division policies. Making changes to your existing property through the division of land, rights-of-way or easements may also require land severance approval. Who approves a severance application depends on whether it is considered “disputed” or “undisputed.” Undisputed applications are approved by Huron County’s Planning Director or their alternate and meet three requirements:
- are recommended for approval by the local municipality,
- have no unresolved concerns/objections from the public or agencies, and
- conform with the planning documents (such as the Provincial Policy Statement and official plans).
Disputed applications are those that don’t satisfy all of the above requirements. Decisions on disputed applications are made by Huron County Council.
There is an application form and fee required with this process.
Please note that the Town of Goderich has a different application process. For details of the Town’s application process, contact the local Clerk.