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 to 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

Application for Minor Variance Permit [PDF].

Please read the application instructions carefully. Submit your application to the Development Services Counter at the Thornhill Entrance, Anthony Roman Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario.

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.

2019 Minor Variance Hearing Dates

Hearing Dates 2019 (Wednesdays)
 Variances(A's) Sign Posting (Tuesdays)
Variances(A's) Last Day for Appeal(Tuesdays)

January 23     

January 8       

February 12       

February 6      

January 22 

February 26       

February 20

February 5

March 12       

March 13       

February 26

April 2          

March 27       

March 12

April 16       

April 10       

March 26

April 30       

April 24   

April 9

May 14    

May 8

April 23

May 28  

May 29

May 14

June 18

June 12  

May 28

July 2

June 26

June 11

July 16

July 10

June 25 

July 30

July 24    

July 9   

August 13    

August 7   

July 23 

August 27 

August 28    

August 13 

September 17   

September 11

August 27

October 1

September 25

September 10       

October 15   

October 9   

September 24     

October 29       

October 23     

October 8

November 12   

November 13

October 29    

December 3   

November 27

November 12 

December 17       

December 11
November 26

December 31

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