Developing Toronto

Committee of Adjustment (CofA)

Toronto City Council has appointed a Committee of Adjustment consisting of citizen members. The Committee of Adjustment operates as four panels: Etobicoke York, North York, Toronto East York, and Scarborough. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents.  Learn more about minor variances and consent applications.

To search for information on active Committee of Adjustment applications, please visit the City Planning Application Information Centre.

Research Request Portal

Search for Committee of Adjustment Decision Notices Research requests for Committee of Adjustment Decision Notices can be made online at: Research Requests.

Users will be able search for a property and request the Committee of Adjustment decisions from the surrounding area within a 500m or 1000m radius for a fee of $150+HST and $300+HST respectively.  Decision Notices from the previous 10 years, as of the date that the request is made on the Portal will be available for download.

Please note that you will still be required to go to a Committee of Adjustment District counter to obtain a Decision Notice in the following two cases:

  • If you wish to obtain any Decision Notices older than 10 years.
  • If you would like to obtain a single Decision Notice for a particular property

Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB)

On March 29, 2017, City Council passed Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 142 creating the Toronto Local Appeal Body with an effective date of May 3, 2017.

What does this mean

Starting May 3, 2017, most appeals of Toronto Committee of Adjustment decisions will be dealt with by the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) instead of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).


What happens to Committee of Adjustment Appeals starting May 3, 2017

All appeals are still to be filed with the Manager & Deputy-Secretary Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment and must be filed within the appeal period on the Notice of Decision.

Appeals filed before May 3, 2017 will stay with the OMB.

Appeals filed on or after May 3, 2017 will go to the TLAB unless:

  • the decision was already appealed before May 3, 2017; or
  • there is a related appeal to the OMB for the same matter. A related appeal is an appeal under section 114 of the City of Toronto Act, under sections 17, 22, 34, 36, 38, 41 or 51 of the Planning Act or under a regulation made under section 70.2 of the Planning Act.

Where can I learn more about where and how to file my appeal

If you are planning to appeal a decision from the Committee of Adjustment, or are looking for a general overview of the TLAB, the Public Guide is a good place to start.

To learn if a decision has already been appealed before May 3, 2017, please contact the Committee of Adjustment Case Manager for the matter.

To learn if there is a related appeal to the OMB for the same matter, search community planning applications in the Application Information Centre and contact the assigned planner if necessary.

More details are available on the Toronto Local Appeal Body website.

Email Submissions

EmailAs of March 6, 2017, all Minor Variance and Consent application can be submitted in digital format (pdf) by email to: bldapplications@toronto.ca. Please ensure to include the property address in the subject line. If you prefer to submit in-person, we will accept digital applications with a CD/DVD at any Toronto Building Customer Service Counter in any District regardless of the property location.

Also, an electronic copy of the Public Notice Sign with printing and installation requirements will be sent to the applicant by email from the Case Manager once the application is scheduled for a hearing.

Mediation Pilot Project

Reaching an agreement in a Mediation Session for Minor Variance or Consent applicationsThis city-wide pilot program uses a third party mediator to assist disputing parties reach a voluntary, mutually-acceptable solution for some or all of the issues in dispute for minor variance and consent applications being considered by the Committee of Adjustment.

The program will rollout across the city and will be available through the Committee of Adjustment starting with North York on February 9, followed by Toronto and East York on February 15, Scarborough on February 16 and Etobicoke and York on February 23.

Variances to Site-Specific Zoning By-laws

As of July 1, 2016, changes to the Planning Act prohibit an applicant from making an application for a minor variance if a site specific zoning by-law has been passed within the last two years.

If your property has been the subject of a site specific by-law passed after July 1, 2016 then you will need Council approval to proceed with the application. Please contact Community Planning for information on how to proceed with the application.

If your property has not been the subject of a site specific zoning by-law passed after July 1,2016 then you can make an application.

Committee of Adjustment Public Hearing Schedules & Locations

Etobicoke York Schedule 2017

Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Toronto, Ontario
M9C 2Y2
(Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)

York Civic Centre
2700 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
M6M 1V1
(Wards 7, 11, 12, 13 & 17)

Scarborough Schedule 2017

Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M1P 4N7
(Wards 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44)

North York Schedule 2017

North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street
North York Ontario
M2N 5V7
(Wards 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34)

Committee of Adjustment - Definitions

ExpandMinor variances

Small changes or exceptions to existing land use or development restrictions contained in the zoning bylaw are called minor variances.

ExpandConsent

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.