The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial tribunal appointed by Council and is independent and autonomous from County Administration. Council appoints the Committee Members, who are residents of Haldimand County. The Committee of Adjustment is composed of seven members, and the term of the Committee runs with the term of Council.
It derives its jurisdiction from the Planning Act of Ontario. The Committee’s mandate is to:
- Consider and make decisions on applications for Minor Variances from the provisions of a Zoning By-law
- Consider and make decisions on applications for Consent to “sever” a property or for any agreement, mortgage or lease that extends for more than 21 years (under Section 53 of the Planning Act)
- Consider and make decisions on applications for Permission, which deal with the enlargement or extension of a building or structure that is legally non-conforming, or a change in non-conforming use
- Consider and make decisions on applications for Validation of Title.
- Consider variances to Haldimand County’s Sign By-Law
The Committee of Adjustment and its application processes are separate and distinct from other municipal development approval processes. One or more of these processes may occur at the same time.
You can submit your application documents, check for status updates, and pay fees using our online portal (CityView).