Severance / Minor Variance


Committee of Adjustment Applications

Committee of Adjustment
The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body with authority delegated to it by Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Council, under the provisions of the Ontario Planning Act, to hold public hearings to make decisions on applications for:

  • Minor variances and alterations in legal non-conforming uses
  • Consents: severances, boundary adjustments, easements, leases, (partial discharge) mortgage or charge
  • Fence variances
  • Appeals of property standard orders

For more information, please refer to:

Pre-consultation Meetings

Prior to the submission of all applications to the Committee of Adjustment, applicants must have a pre-consultation meeting with staff.

For Consent Applications:

  • Meetings will be held in the afternoon on the first and third Thursday of every month. 
  • When you are ready for a pre-consultation meeting (proposal sketch and page 1 of the pre-consultation form), please advise our staff and we'll make arrangements to include you on the requested agenda.
  • Your request should be received at least fifteen business days in advance of the scheduled meeting date. 
  • You will receive confirmation of meeting dates and times by email.

For Minor Variance, Fence Variance, Legal Non-Conforming Use Applications:

  • Meetings will be scheduled once pre-consultation material (proposal sketch and page 1 of the pre-consultation form) is submitted to staff.
  • You will receive confirmation of meeting dates and times by email.

2018 Hearing Schedules and Deadlines
Consent & Combined Application Schedule, Fees & Application Information January 2018-December 2018
Minor Variance & LNCU Application Schedule, Fees & Application Information January 2018-December 2018
Fence Variance Application Schedule, Fees & Application Information January 2018-December 2018
Property Standards Order Appeal Schedule, Fees & Information January 2018-December 2018

An application/appeal submitted by the deadline will be reviewed for that hearing, however, the hearing date will be confirmed only after the application/appeal is confirmed as complete and subject to hearing agenda time limitations.

Application Package for Download
The following are application forms and instructions, please download all files for completeness.
• Pre-Consultation Form
• Cost Acknowledgement Agreement - Consent & Minor Variance
• Consent Application Form
• Surplus Farm Dwelling Information for Consent Applications
• Minor Variance/Legal Non-conforming Use and Fence Variance Application Form
Application Hearing Notices and Decision Notices
Application Notice: November Agenda and Hearing Notices
Planning Reports/Agency Comments: November Hearing
Consent decisions: September Decisions  Past Decisions
Minor Variances/Legal Non-Conforming Use/Fence Variances:  October Decisions   Past Decisions
Property Standards Order Appeals:  April Decision   Past Decisions

For Application Information
Ashlea Carter, Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment

905-468-3266 ext. 246,

Additional Information

Fence Variance Appeal Procedure
Ontario Municipal Board
Citizens' Guides to Land-Use Planning on Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website -


Application Consent

Minor Variance &

Legal Non-Conforming Use

Fence Variance Property Standard Order Appeals  
Form Consent Form Minor Variance & LNCU Form Fence Variance Form