Committee of adjustment

Suburbs

Under the terms of the Provincial Planning Act, the committee - made up of five residents who are appointed by city council -- has the authority to:

  • Grant minor variances from our zoning bylaw,
  • Allow changes to legal, non-conforming uses that current zoning does not permit,
  • Give consent for land severance to divide a parcel of land into more than one lot, or as lot additions to abutting properties,
  • Give consent to mortgages, partial discharge of mortgages and validation of title and
  • Give consent to leases over 21 years, quit claims, easements and rights-of-way.

A panel of three members is present at each meeting, and all decisions must be made in public.

In addition, our own Municipal Code gives the committee of adjustment authority to grant:

However, fence and sign variance approvals are subject to ratification by city council.

Application process

To help you understand how the committee of adjustment works - including details on process, timing, fees and application deadlines - we've created a comprehensive guide, outlining what you can expect from the application process.

You can download and print the following minor-variance application forms:

2018 minor variance application forms:

When submitting your application, please provide:

  • One original plus 13 copies of the application form, and
  • 14 detailed plans. If combined with a consent application, please submit one original plus 17 copies of the application and 18 detailed plans).

To apply for consents/validation of title, or a change of conditions to a provisional consent, please download and print the appropriate form:

2018 consent forms:

When submitting your application, please provide:

  • One original plus 17 copies of the application form, and
  • 18 copies of the original consent decision.

Application forms are also available at Kitchener City Hall; visit our planning division, located on the sixth floor, for assistance, or contact us at 519-741-2426.

Meeting schedule

Check out our 2018 schedule to see when the committee of adjustment will be meeting this year - as well as the related deadlines to submit your application and related documents to make a specific meeting agenda.

Each meeting is live-streamed on our website. You can tune into a live meeting, or watch a past meeting.

Fees

Processing fees apply to all applications to go before the committee of adjustment.Please keep in mind, the Region of Waterloo and/or Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) may require additional fees to process your application. Failure to provide these fees may delay and/or stop your application from moving forward. These fees may be submitted as a separate cheque(s), payable to the region and/or GRCA, along with your application form. We will forward your cheque(s) to the appropriate agency on your behalf. For more information, refer to their websites.

2018 committee of adjustment fees (effective Jan. 1, 2018)

  • Minor variance (fence, sign) costs $1,165;

  • Minor variance (zoning) costs $1,225;

  • Consent costs $1,450;

  • Change of conditions of a provisional consent costs $710;

  • Certificate of official costs $250;

  • Deferral fee costs $400.

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