Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment hears applications under Section 45 of the Planning Act and Section 50/52 & 57 of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990 c.P13, as amended. The Committee of Adjustment is an independent body appointed by Guelph City Council. There are two major types of applications to the Committee of Adjustment: Applications for consent to create new lots or adjust boundaries and applications for minor variances to the municipal Zoning By-law requirements or for permission to extend land uses that have existed prior to the passing of the current By-law.

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Contact information

Committee of Adjustment
519-822-1260 extension 2524
cofa@guelph.ca

How do I Make an Application?

Step 1 – Consult with Staff

Before you fill out an application, discuss your plans with staff. They will facilitate pre-consultation and provide the application, fee and meeting schedule. If you are unsure what variance(s) are required for your application, complete and submit the Preliminary Zoning Review form.

Step 2 – Consult with City Departments

Speak with staff in Planning Services and Engineering Services respecting your application. Ask to speak with the staff member who deals with Committee of Adjustment matters. This is necessary to determine the need and nature of the variance, whether or not there might be servicing requirements or land dedications involved with the proposal and whether or not an amendment to the Zoning By-law is required. If a Zoning By-law amendment is required, this cannot be dealt with by the Committee of Adjustment.

Step 3 – Complete the Application

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Step 4 – Public Hearing and Decision Making Process

A public hearing will normally be held within 30 days of receiving your application. It is very important that you and/or your agent or solicitor attend the hearing to explain the reasons for your application. If you do not attend, the Committee may proceed in your absence or defer the application. There are additional fees associated with the deferral of an application. Other interested persons are also entitled to attend and to express their views about the application. The Committee will also consider verbal advice and written reports from staff. The Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate the application and reach its decisions:

  • Is the variance minor?
  • Is it desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure?
  • Is the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law being maintained?

If your application is approved, the Committee may impose conditions as part of its decision.

Step 5 – Notice of Decision

Within 10 days of the Committee making its decision, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee will mail a copy of the decision to you and to any who filed a written request for notice of the decision. Information is included in the Notice of decision outlining appeal procedures and identifying the last day for appealing the Committee’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Step 6 – When the Decision is Final and Binding

If no appeal is made by the end of the appeal period, the decision is final and binding. You will be notified by mail, and if the application has been approved, you should, subject to the fulfilment of any conditions set out in the final decision, be in a position to apply for a building permit or be in compliance with the Zoning By-law.

Last Updated: January 30, 2015. Broken links or incorrect information? Let us know!