Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment, appointed by City of Brantford Council, is responsible for considering minor variances to Brantford's zoning by-law and fence and sign regulations under the Municipal Code, to consider extensions, enlargements or variations to existing legal non-conforming uses. The Committee of Adjustment also considers the creation of new lots (consents/severances), boundary adjustments, easements and rights-of-way, and long-term leases.

Minor Variance

What is a Minor Variance?

A variance is a minor change to the Zoning By-law for a specific property. The Committee of Adjustment may approve the variance if it is satisfied that the variance maintains the general intent of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law, if the proposed development will be appropriate and if the variance is minor.

Applying for a Minor Variance

An application for Minor Variance or Relief from Municipal Code Sign or Fence Regulation is required. The Committee of Adjustment meets on a regular basis as outlined below. Meeting dates are subject to change. The deadline for submissions is typically six weeks before a scheduled meeting.

Consent/Severance

What is a Consent/Severance?

Consent of the Committee of Adjustment is required to:

  • Divide/sever property for the purpose of selling it
  • Validate title
  • Lease land for a period of over 21 years
  • Establish a right of way
  • Create an easement, or
  • Adjust a lot line

The Planning Act stipulates that consent must be granted before a parcel of land can be divided to create an additional lot(s). This process is referred to as a land severance. Controlling the division of land through “severance” gives the City of Brantford a mechanism for ensuring that the creation of lots is consistent with the planning policies of the Province and the City of Brantford.

Applying for a Consent

An application for Consent/Severance Approval is required. The Committee of Adjustment meets on a regular basis as outlined below. Meeting dates are subject to change. The deadline for submissions is typically six weeks before a scheduled meeting.

Committee of Adjustment Meeting Schedule 2019
Submission Deadlines (4:30 pm) Hearing Dates (5:30 pm) Committee Decisions
November 23, 2018 Thursday, January 24, 2019 January 2019 (PDF)
December 28, 2018 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 February 2019 (PDF)
January 25, 2019 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 March 2019 (PDF)
February 22, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 April 2019 (PDF)
March 29, 2019 Wednesday, May 29, 2019 May 2019 (PDF)
May 10, 2019 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 July 2019 (PDF)
June 7, 2019 Wednesday, August 7, 2019 August 2019 (PDF)
July 19, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 September 2019 (PDF)
August 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 October 2019 (PDF)
September 13, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 November 2019 (PDF)
October 18, 2019 Wednesday, December 18, 2019 December 2019 (PDF)