The Committee of Adjustment holds public hearings and makes decisions on applications for minor variances to City zoning bylaws and land severances (also known as consents). The Committee is organized into four panels corresponding to the boundaries of the four Community Councils.

Committee of Adjustment decisions may be appealed to the Toronto Local Appeal Body.

City Planning Division provides the operating budget and meeting management support for the Committee of Adjustment.


The Committee of Adjustment is established under and governed by the Planning Act, which sets out the powers of the Committee. Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 4, Committee of Adjustment sets out the Committee’s composition and delegated authorities from Council. The Committee operates with rules set out in the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, 1990.

The Committee consists of 30 members of the public appointed by City Council through the City’s Public Appointments process. The Committee members are organized into four panels corresponding to Community Council boundaries as follows:

  • Five members on the Scarborough Panel
  • Five members on the Etobicoke York Panel
  • Ten members on the North York Panel
  • Ten members on the Toronto and East York Panel

Each panel elects a Chair from among its members.

Find out about opportunities to serve on the Committee of Adjustment and its current membership.

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