Minor Variance Form

Section 45 of the Planning Act empowers the Committee of Adjustment to grant minor variances to an existing bylaw. Minor variances must meet all of the following 4 tests under the Planning Act:

  • The variance requested must meet the general intent and purpose of the bylaw;
  • The variance requested must meet the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan;
  • The variance requested must be desirable for the appropriate development of the applicable lands, building or structure; and
  • The variance requested must be minor in nature.
  • The Planning Act also gives the Committee of Adjustment the authority to grant the enlargement or extension of a legal non-conforming use. The Committee of Adjustment can impose conditions if an application is approved. These conditions must be satisfied before a building permit is issued, unless otherwise specified by the Committee.

Application Form

All applications are to be submitted digitally via ePLAN. Please read the Minor Variance Application form carefully regarding the mandatory document requirements and the required plans/drawings in order to provide a complete application for staff review.

Review By-Law 2020-139;  Minor Variance fees:  Table 7, Sections 1-1.6.

(Do note: that applications will require sign(s) and all review fees are HST applicable.)

Related materials (ePLAN submission documents):

Minor Variance Submission Requirements [PDF]

ePLAN Supporting Information Form [PDF] 

ePLAN Quick Reference Guide Minor Variance [PDF]

Note: ePLAN submission form is required for all ePLAN submitted applications


Hearing Dates & Filing Deadlines

Please note – Filing deadlines may be modified at the discretion of the Director of Planning and Urban Design. Please contact the Secretary-Treasurer at 905.475.4721 to confirm filing deadlines.

Scheduling of Minor Variances will be determined by the Secretary-Treasurer. It is anticipated that applications are to be heard within 30 days of submission; however, this timing may change, as necessary to co-ordinate internal department and external agency comments to the Applicants, Committee Members and the Public.

2021 Minor Variance Hearing Dates

Note: Due to the emergency period, and as per City Council direction, Committee of Adjustment (COA) is now holding virtual meetings. As such, the meeting dates as shown below have been revised. Do contact COA staff at 905.477.4721 or coa@markham.ca for more information on meeting dates and how you may participate. The COA main webpage has more information as well.

Additional Note: the dates below shown from August 12 onwards (shown in Italics) have been 'reinstated' and will continue to run via virtual meeting platform until directed otherwise by senior staff and City Council.

Markham COA 'mainsite' URL:

https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/business/planning/committee-of-adjustment/11-committee-of-adjustment

Hearing Dates 2021 (Wednesdays)
 Variances(A's) Sign Posting (Tuesdays)
Variances(A's) Last Day for Appeal(Tuesdays)

January 20

January 6

February 9

February 3

January 20

February 23

February 17

February 3

March 9

March 10

February 24

March 30

March 24

March 10

April 13

April 7

March 24

April 27

April 21

April 7

May 11

May 5

April 21

May 25

May 26

May 12

June 15

June 9

May 26

June 29

June 23

June 9

July 13

July 7

June 23

July 27

July 21

July 7

August 10

August 11

July 28

August 31


                         August 25

                           August 11
                         September 14

September 8

August 25

September 28

September 22

September 8

October 12

October 6

September 22

October 26

October 20

October 6

November 9

November 10

October 27

November 30

November 24

November 10

December 14

December 8

November 24

December 28


If you have any further questions, please contact Secretary Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment:

Phone: 905.475.4721

Fax: 905.479.7768

Email: COA@markham.ca


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