Committee of Adjustment

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The Committee of Adjustment is appointed by Peterborough City Council to hear applications under the Planning Act for Consent, Permission, and Minor Variance from certain municipal by-laws and regulations.

For the Committee to approve a minor variance application it must:

  • Be minor;
  • Be desirable for the appropriate development or use;
  • Maintain the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law; and
  • Maintain the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan.

City Council appoints the five members of the Committee in accordance with the Planning Act.

The Committee meets monthly, as outlined in the schedule. Prior to each meeting, a notice of request is sent out to neighbouring property owners and commenting bodies. A Planner prepares a staff report and recommendations for the Committee. The report outlines municipal policies and input received in response to a Notice of Hearing.

Making a request

Use our Application for a Minor Variance or our Application for Consent or Severance to make a request to the Committee. Applications must include a concept plan based upon Ontario Land Survey information, an authorization form (if applicable), and an application fee

The concept plan should include the following:

  • The boundaries and dimensions of the subject land;
  • The location, size and type of all existing and proposed buildings and structures on the subject lands, indicating the distance of the buildings and structures from the front, rear, and side lot lines;
  • The approximate location of all natural and artificial features on the subject land and on land that is adjacent to the subject land that, in the opinion of the applicant, may affect the application (such as buildings, railways, roads, watercourses, drainage ditches, river or stream banks, wetlands, wooded areas, wells and septic tanks);
  • The current uses of land that is adjacent to the subject land;
  • The location, width and name of any roads within or abutting the subject land, and whether it is an unopened road allowance, a public travelled road, a private road, or a right-of-way;
  • If access to the subject land is by water only, the location of parking and docking facilities to be used; and
  • The location and nature of any easement affecting the subject land. 

Where required by the Committee of Adjustment, such plan shall be signed by an Ontario Land Surveyor.

You should contact the Planner to discuss your proposal before sending us your application. Once you are ready to submit your application, complete the appropriate application electronically. If you are not the owner of the property or are a corporate owner, you will be required to submit the appropriate authorization form.  Once the application is received, the Secretary-Treasurer will contact you with instructions on submitting payment.  

Committee of Adjustment Hearing Schedule

Hearing DateApplication Deadline
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 Thursday, July 6, 2023
Tuesday, September 19. 2023 Thursday, August 10, 2023
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Thursday, September 21, 2023
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Thursday, October 26, 2023
January 2024 Hearing Date To Be Determined Thursday, December 7, 2023

Hearing Location: Meetings are currently being held electronically. Please contact the Secretary-Treasurer for information on participating in an electronic hearing. 
Hearing Time: 6 p.m.

Location, time, and dates are subject to change. Please contact the Secretary-Treasurer to confirm hearing dates and submission deadlines.

We recommend contacting the Planner to discuss your proposal before submitting your application. 

Note: Meeting the submission deadline does not guarantee that an application will be scheduled for the corresponding hearing date. Staff reserve the right to reschedule any application.

Staff reports and minutes

Visit our Agendas and Minutes page to view minutes and reports from June 2019 to present. 


Meeting minutes

Staff reports


Meeting minutes

Staff Reports