Terms of references

Committee Mandate

The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial tribunal appointed by city Council and operates at arm's length from the municipal government in accordance with the Planning Act.

In general, the Committee of Adjustment meets once a month in order to examine, among other things:

  • Applications for minor variances to a provision of the Zoning By-Law;
  • Expansion of a building or changes to existing non-conforming uses under the Zoning By-law;
  • Applications for authorization to sever land or applications for any agreement, mortgage or lease that applies for more than 21 years;
  • Applications for validation of title and power of sale.

The Committee of Adjustment and its application review process is separate and independent from other municipal development approval processes. As a result, the various approval processes may be conducted simultaneously. See The Planning and Development section for more information.

Committee's Structure

The Committee is composed of 4 members of council and 2 members of the public.

Before applying, consult the Guide to Minor Variances and Permits, and contact the Planning Department for more information at 613-446-6022 ext. 0.

Next Meeting

Committee of Adjustment

Date of the meeting

Broadcast on Facebook Live

Virtual Meeting Procedures

Agenda of the meeting

Notice to neighbours

Other documents


Appeal of a decision of the Committee

Any decision of the Committee of Adjustment may be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for a fee. The appeal must be filed within 20 days of the decision and must include reasons and payment of costs payable to the Ontario Minister of Finance.

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies can appeal decisions to the LPAT. An association or group cannot file a notice of appeal. However, a notice of appeal may be filed on behalf of an association or group by a person who is a member of the association or group.

More information about the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and the appeal process can be found at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal website.