As of October 18, 2016, live streaming video of Committee of Adjustment will be available online.
Please note that live streaming Committee of Adjustment meeting on June 27th, 2017 will not be available.
Visit the calendar for upcoming meetings or open the 2017 Committee of Adjustment Meeting Schedule for 2017. (pdf)
The committee considers applications for minor variances from the zoning by-law, applications for land division (consent to sever land), and any other variances specified by council that implement the official plan.
Applications to the Committee of Adjustment are processed in accordance with the requirements of Sections 45 and 53 of the Planning Act, applicable regulations (O.Reg. 200/96 and 197/96 as amended), the Statutory Powers Procedures Act and applicable town policies.
The committee is authorized by the Planning Act to consider applications for:
In 2016, the Town of Oakville created a Citizens' Guide to Minor Variance and Consent Processes booklet. It answers commonly asked questions, explains the town’s role in the process and helps residents submit an application and is updated as needed. Open the Citizens' Guide to Minor Variance and Consent Processes.
The zoning by-law regulates how land and buildings are used and where buildings and structures can be located. The zoning by-law also specifies lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and other provisions necessary to ensure proper and orderly development. When a proposal does not comply with the provisions of the zoning by-law, an owner may make application to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance. A minor variance provides relief from a specific zoning by-law requirement, excusing a property owner from meeting the exact requirements of the by-law.
The committee must ensure that the variances, if approved, satisfy the following:
Normally, new lots are created through approval of an application for a plan of subdivision. When only one or two new lots would be created and no new road is required, a full subdivision application may not be necessary. In this case, an application for consent to sever may be appropriate.
In evaluating applications for consent, the committee must consider:
If you have received a mailing about an application that is going to Committee of Adjustment please see the following Committee of Adjustment document (pdf, 327 kB) which was inserted in your notification.
Please visit the Committee of Adjustment Frequently Asked Questions page.
Please visit the Committee of Adjustment map for active applications.
If you have questions regarding planning comments you may contact:
905-845-6601, ext. 3124
We're going digital!
In an effort to reduce paper, digital submissions of drawings will be required going forward from the August 11, 2015 Committee of Adjustment hearing. Learn more about our Committee of Adjustment digital submission process.
Town of Oakville - Official Plan
Design Guidelines for Stable Residential Areas (pdf)
Committee of Adjustment Hearing Procedures (pdf)
Committee of Adjustment Terms of Reference (pdf)
Committee of Adjustment Preamble (pdf)
Zoning By-Law 1984-63
Zoning By-Law 2009-189 (North Oakville)