Severance / Minor Variance

Consent (Severance), Minor Variance, Legal Non-conforming Use,
Fence Variance and Property Standards Appeals

Committee of Adjustment is a statutory tribunal 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)
  • Fence variances
  • Appeals of property standard orders

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.

Pre-consultation Meetings
To help the Town better deliver its planning services, we now have pre-determined meeting dates and times for pre-consultation meetings associated with your consent application.  On a monthly basis meetings will be held the first and third Thursday starting at 2 pm.  When you are ready for a pre-consultation meeting, please advise our staff and we'll make arrangements to include you on the requested agenda. Your request should be received at least ten business days in advance of the scheduled meeting date.  You will receive confirmation of meeting dates and times by email.

For Minor Variance and Fence Variance applications please contact our staff to arrange a pre-consultation appointment.

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: August Agenda and Hearing Notices
Planning Reports/Agency Comments: August Hearing
Consent decisions: August Decisions  Past Decisions
Minor Variances/Legal Non-Conforming Use/Fence Variances:  August Decisions   Past Decisions
Property Standards Order Appeals:  April Decision   Past Decisions

For Application Information
Contact Ashlea Carter, Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment, 905-468-3266 ext. 246,

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