The Province of Ontario has introduced changes that limit who is permitted to appeal Committee of Adjustment decisions. The appeal process information has been updated accordingly below.
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If you plan to use, develop or make changes to your property such as enlarging a building so that it does not meet existing Zoning By-law requirements, you can apply to the Committee of Adjustment to make changes (referred to as minor variances) to the specific part of the Zoning By-law that applies to your situation.
You need permission (referred to as consent or severance) from the Committee to:
The Committee is appointed by City Council and consists of seven citizen members.
Depending on the purpose of your application, complete either the Minor Variance Application or Consent Application. If you have questions, contact staff at email@example.com or 905-615-3200 ext. 2408.
You can submit your application in one of the following ways:
Email your completed application form along with the relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can pay your Committee of Adjustment application fee online.
Pay new application fee Pay deferral fee
You can submit your application in person at the Committee of Adjustment office by booking an appointment online. Appointments are available on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Payment can be made at this time by credit, debit or cheque.
The counter is located on the second floor, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1. You may be able to make a walk-in reservation if times slots are available, by using the electronic kiosks located in the Great Hall.
Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, limits who is allowed to appeal Committee of Adjustment decisions to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). The OLT is an independent provincial tribunal that is responsible for resolving appeals and applications on a variety of contentious municipal and land use planning matters.
As a result of this legislation, only the applicant, the municipality, certain public bodies and the Minister can appeal a decision to the OLT. Individuals are no longer permitted to do so.
If a Committee of Adjustment decision is appealed to the OLT, you can request participant status and make written submission to the OLT for consideration as part of the decision-making process. The OLT Citizen Liaison can help you better understand the rules, practices and procedures of the OLT and can be reached at OLT.CLO@ontario.ca.
If you are eligible and disagree with a decision of the Committee of Adjustment, you can appeal to the OLT within the 20 day appeal period.
Submit all the required forms, information and materials to email@example.com.
You’ll also need to pay the $310 appeal fee to the City of Mississauga.
An appeal fee of $400 is required to the OLT. To make this payment, contact OLT
The administrative office of the Committee of Adjustment processes applications received for consideration by the Committee. City staff don’t make decisions on applications.
You can contact the administrative staff for information about the application submission requirements or if you need details of the applications being processed.
If you want to make changes to your property and your proposed changes don’t exactly meet the zoning by-law, but follows the general purpose of the zoning standards, you can apply for a minor variance. Examples of minor variance applications include:
The Committee of Adjustment determines that an application can be approved if the majority of the members agree that it meets the following four tests:
The Committee does not change the zoning of a property, it only adjusts regulations on a case by case basis.
If you want to know whether your development proposal requires a re-zoning, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Customer Service Counter on the third floor of 300 City Centre Drive.
If you want to sell or mortgage a portion of your land, create a new lot of land from an existing lot, use or enter a private property (referred to as private easement or interest in land) through an agreement, mortgage or lease that extends for 21 years or more you must get permission (referred to as consent or severance) from the Committee of Adjustment is required.
In some cases, other land division approval processes such as a plan of subdivision or part lot control may be more appropriate or there might be other circumstances that require consent from the Committee of Adjustment. It is best to consult a lawyer to determine if consent is required.
Your feedback helps ensure that the Committee of Adjustment is making its decisions in the public interest according to good planning principles.
If you would like to get involved in the decision-making process, you are welcome to make a submission to the Committee for consideration. Written comments on an application can be sent to email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and the file number or address of the property.
For Thursday hearings, comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. the Friday prior to the hearing in order for them to be considered by the Committee.
Advance registration is required to participate in an electronic hearing.
Requests to participate can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any materials you wish to include in your presentation must be attached to the email. Links to cloud services will not be accepted.
For Thursday hearings, registrations must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. the Friday prior to the hearing.
We may not be able to accept registrations after the deadline.
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