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Property Standards Committee / Fence Viewers
The Property Standards Committee is a quasi judicial body that hears appeals to orders issued by City Property Standards Officers for violations of certain Ontario Building Code and municipal by-law standards for residential, multiple residential and commercial properties.
The committee is a local board of the City. It conducts itself in accordance with the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, and is also governed by the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 629, "Property Standards".
The Property Standards Committee is organized into hearing panels. Members conduct hearings and review reports prior to the hearings. Members are also required to attend an initial meeting as a full committee in order to appoint a City-wide chair and a chair for each panel.
Committee members may also be called upon to serve as Fence Viewers, under the authority of the Line Fences Act, 1990, to arbitrate fence disputes between property owners (i.e., constructing, re-constructing or repairing). Fence viewers may hear evidence under oath.
Term of office
The Property Standards Committee consists of 16 citizen members organized into four panels corresponding to the Community Council boundaries (approved by City Council at its meeting held on October 24 and 25, 2011, as Item CA10.3)
The Committee appoints from among its members a chair for each panel and a City-wide chair.
Hearing panels meet at the Etobicoke, Toronto, Scarborough and North York Civic Centres where the Municipal Licensing and Standards offices for the area are located.
Meetings of Fence Viewers are held infrequently when required.