||Committee of Adjustment
Committee of Adjustment
Toronto City Council has appointed a Committee of Adjustment consisting of citizen members. The Committee of Adjustment operates as four panels: Etobicoke, North York, Toronto East York, and Scarborough. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents.
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IMORTANT NOTICE about the New City-wide Zoning By-law
Please check that you have all materials listed on the Application Checklist before you attend our office:
The application form is an interactive PDF and it can be completed and saved electronically:
Please use this PDF application form if you prefer to complete it manually:
Small changes or exceptions to existing land use or development restrictions contained in the zoning bylaw are called minor variances.
City of Toronto must grant consent for land transactions such as: to divide (sever) land into new lots, to add land to an abutting lot, to establish easements or rights-of-way and to lease or register a mortage over 21 years.
For public hearing schedules, please contact your local Committee of Adjustment office.
The Planning Act of Ontario grants authority to committees of adjustment to make decisions on:
- minor variances from the Zoning
- permission to alter or change a
lawful non-conforming use of land
- consent (consent means "approval")
to sever land (divide a parcel of land into more than one
- consent to register a mortgage over
part of a property
- consent to register a lease over
part of a lot for more than 21 years
- validation of land title when there has been an error in the description of land
The Committee at all times will be careful to ensure that the intent and purpose of both
the Zoning By-law and the Official Plan are maintained, and that the proposal is appropriate
for the development and use of the subject land or building. In addition, for minor variances it must be shown that the variance is minor in nature.
When an application
( 629 Kb) is made to the committee, all registered owners of land located within 60 meters of the subject land are notified of the application, and the public hearing date and time when the application will be considered by the committee. All interested persons are invited to attend public hearings of the committee of adjustment to express their views and concerns.
Anyone not satisfied with the committee's decision and wishing to appeal
must make a written request for a copy of the Notice of Decision, in order to be permitted to appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. Appeals must be filed with the Committee of Adjustment office. For a minor variance, appeals must be made within 20 days of the date of the decision. For consents, appeals must be within 20 days of the giving of the written Notice of Decision.
The City of Toronto Ravine Protection Bylaw
The Ravine Protection Bylaw is a tool to protect features (trees and landform) and function (ecology and hydrology) of the ravine system by encouraging responsible management of the environment. The Bylaw replaces previous ravine bylaws and expands the area of protection to the entire city. More information.