The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of five citizens appointed by Council to consider applications for minor variances to zoning by-law regulations and applications for consent (severances) under the Planning Act. The Committee of Adjustment meets regularly on a monthly basis. Please refer to our 2020 Hearing Schedule.

Minor Variance Applications

A land owner who is unable to comply with the provisions of the Zoning By-law may apply to the Committee of Adjustment through a Minor Variance Application.

These minor changes to the Zoning By-law may be granted if, in the opinion of the Committee of Adjustment, the request is:

  • Minor in nature;
  • Desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure;
  • The general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law is maintained; and
  • The general intent and purpose of the Official Plan is maintained.

How do I apply for a Minor Variance?
A completed application form, the appropriate fee(s) and any necessary plans/drawings are to be submitted. The application form details the exact information required on the Site Plan and the number and size of the plans required. If you have any questions on the nature of the relief from the Zoning By-law, please consult the Planning department.

Completed applications shall be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer.

Application packages are available online (see below) or by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer at the Municipal Offices, 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill. Please note, all plans shall be provided on A3/Ledger (11"x17") sized paper.

Minor Variance Application Kit Forms
Minor Variance Application Contact Checklist

Minor Variances - A Summary

Permission to Enter

Checklist for Applicants 

Posting of Advisory Sign

Requirements to Process

2020 Tariff of Fees 

Pre-Consultation Notice



Consent Applications

Consent applications are required when a land owner wishes to sell, convey or transfer an interest of "part" of their land.

Consent is also required when the terms of an agreement, such as a lease, an easement or a mortgage commits the use of land for a period in excess of 21 years.

In addition to Consent, the Committee of Adjustment also has the power to issue a "Certificate of Validation" and to give "Approval of a Foreclosure of or an Exercise of a Power of Sale in a Mortgage or Charge".

How do I apply for a Consent?
Prior to consent application, all applicants are required to have a Pre-Consultation meeting with Town staff. This can be scheduled through the Planning department. 

A completed application form, and the appropriate fee(s) are to be submitted along with 15 copies of a plan completed by an Ontario Land Surveyor. The application form details the exact information required on the survey. If you have any questions on how to complete the application form the Secretary-Treasurer is available to assist.

If there is a person acting as an agent for the purposes of the application, a letter of authorization is required from the registered owner of the property.

Consent Application Kit Forms 
Application for ConsentContact Checklist

Applicant Responsibilities

Permission to Enter 

Consents - The 5 W's 

Posting of Advisory Sign

Policies and Guidelines for Consents

2020 Tariff of Fees

Information for Surplus Farm Dwelling Applications

Committee of Adjustment Agenda and Minutes 


For full agenda packages and minutes, please see the Council and Committee Calendar. 



January 9, 2018

Jan. 9 agenda

Jan. 9 minutes

February 6, 2018

Feb. 6 agenda

Feb. 6 minutes

March 6, 2018

March 6 agenda

March 6 minutes

April 10, 2018

April 10 agenda

April 10 minutes

May 1, 2018

May 1 agenda

May 1 minutes

June 5, 2018

June 5 agenda


July 10, 2018

July 10 agenda

July 10 minutes

August 4, 2018

Aug. 4 agenda

Aug. 4 minutes

September 11, 2018

Sept. 11 agenda

Sept. 11 minutes

October 2, 2018

Oct. 2 agenda


October 30, 2018

Oct. 30 agenda


December 4, 2018

Dec. 4 agenda

Dec. 4 minutes



January 10, 2017

Jan. 10 agenda

Jan. 10 minutes

February 7, 2017

Feb. 7 agenda

Feb. 7 minutes

March 7, 2017

March 7 agenda

March 7 minutes

April 4, 2017

April 4 agenda

April 4 minutes

May 2, 2017

May 2 agenda

May 2 minutes

June 6, 2017

June 6 agenda

June 6 minutes

July 11, 2017

July 11 agenda

July 11 minutes

August 1, 2017

Aug. 1 agenda

Aug. 1 minutes

September 12, 2017

Sept. 12 agenda

Sept. 12 minutes

October 3, 2017

Oct. 3 agenda

Oct. 3 minutes

December 5, 2017

Dec. 5 agenda

Dec. 5 minutes


 For full Agenda packages and Minutes, please see the Council and Committee Calendar. 



Feb. 18 minutes – general membership

May 5, 2015

May 5 agenda

May 5 minutes

June 2, 2015

June 2 agenda

June 2 minutes

July 7, 2015

July 7 agenda

July 7 minutes

August 5, 2015

Aug. 5 agenda

Aug. 5 minutes

September 9, 2015

Sept. 9 agenda

Sept. 9 minutes

October 6, 2015

Oct. 6 agenda

Oct. 6 minutes

November 3, 2015

Nov. 3 agenda

Nov. 3 minutes

December 1, 2015

Dec. 1 agenda

Dec. 1 minutes



February 4, 2014

Feb. 4 agenda

Feb. 4 minutes

March 4, 2014

March 4 agenda

March 4 minutes

May 6, 2014

May 6 agenda

May 6 minutes

June 3, 2014

June 3 agenda

June 3 minutes

July 8, 2014

July 8 agenda

July 8 minutes

August 6, 2014

Aug. 6 agenda

Aug. 6 minutes

September 3, 2014

Sept. 3 agenda

Sept. 3 minutes

October 7, 2014

Oct. 7 agenda

Oct. 7 minutes

November 20, 2014

Nov. 20 agenda

Nov. 20 minutes

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