Committee of Adjustment

Looking to make a minor renovation to your home or commercial property? The Committee of Adjustment reviews applications for minor variances, permissions and consents for minor renovations or changes. Toronto City Council appoints this citizen member committee, which operates as four panels for the various areas of the city: Etobicoke, North York, Toronto East York, and Scarborough. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications and provide decisions.

For final decision details contact our local Committee of Adjustment.


The Official Plan


The Toronto Official Plan is the main policy document which outlines where and how the city should grow. It includes direction on a wide variety of matters, including, but not limited to heritage, transportation, employment, low-rise neighbourhoods, the public realm, parks and open space, and environmentally significant areas.


Ward 21 is within the city’s mid-town and downtown area, and is designated as an urban growth centre under the provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. While this means that some tall buildings are to be directed here, growth is not meant to be uniform; some areas are expected to see much more modest change.


Applicants may apply for an amendment to the official plan, similarly to how they would apply for an amendment to the zoning by-law. This is typically not common, but may be used to provide greater policy direction if desirable. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to read the Official Plan and view associated maps.


Other useful links:


For more information on Zoning By-laws

For more information on Minor Variances

For more information on Site Plan Approval

For more information on the Ontario Municipal Board

For more information on Provincial Planning Policy