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

As of 2020, all application but submitted digitally via ePLAN. Please read the application instructions carefully. 

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.

2020 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.


Hearing Dates 2020 (Wednesdays)
 Variances(A's) Sign Posting (Tuesdays)
Variances(A's) Last Day for Appeal(Tuesdays)

January 22

January 7

February 11

February 5

January 21

February 25

February 19

February 4

March 10

March 4

February 18

March 24

March 18

March 3

April 7

April 1

March 17

April 21

April 22

April 7

May 12

May 6

April 21

May 26

May 20

May 5

June 9

June 3

May 19

June 23

June 17

June 2

July 7

July 8

June 23

July 28

July 22

July 7

August 11

August 5

July 21

August 25

                         August 12

                            July 28
                         September 1

September 2

August 18

September 22

September 16

September 1

October 6

October 7

September 22

October 27

October 21

October 6

November 10

November 4

October 20

November 24

November 18

November 3

December 8

December 2

November 17

December 22

Please refer to the Minor Variance Application form for current information relating to fees, submission requirements and required plans/drawings.

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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