Committee of adjustment

Ontario's Planning Act grants authority for a committee of adjustment to consider requests for land severances, rights of way, easements, leases and minor variances.

On this page

  1. Applications and requirements
  2. Source water protection requirements
  3. Fees
  4. Submission deadlines and meeting dates

Applications and requirements

How to submit your application
  1. Email one complete digital application to
  2. Also, submit one complete paper copy with payment at the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall. We accept cash, cheque and debit.

Source water protection requirements

All applications must comply with the Region of Waterloo’s source water protection plan. Follow this process to ensure your committee of adjustment application is complete:

  1. Go to the region's source water protection map.

  2. Click on "I need a document for a building permit or development application" and enter location.

  3. Answer questions as prompted and download Notice of Source Protection Plan document.

  4. Print and sign document. Include it in your committee of adjustment application.

To ensure applicants have completed this step, we require a screening form (PDF) to be completed along with the Source Protection Plan document. 


See below for current City of Waterloo fees. The Region of Waterloo also charges a $350 review fee for consent applications. View the Grand River Conservation Authority website to see if they have additional fees that apply. City fees will increase on September 1, 2024.

Application type


Pre-application consultation


Minor variance application


Subsection 45(2) Planning Act application (per individual lot)


Request per Subsection 45(1.3) and (1.4) of the Planning Act


Consent application


Applicant initiated change to condition(s) of consent


Recirculation of Committee of Adjustment application – Applicant initiated deferral          


Recirculation of Committee of Adjustment application – Committee initiated deferral


Submission and meeting dates

Applications are due four weeks ahead of a committee meeting. See schedule below.

View meeting agenda

 2023 Submission and meeting dates

Application submission dateMeeting date

December 15, 2023

January 16, 2024

January 19, 2024

February 20, 2024

February 16, 2024

March 19, 2024

March 15, 2024

April 16, 2024

April 19, 2024

May 21, 2024

May 17, 2024

June 18, 2024

June 14, 2024

July 16, 2024

July 19, 2024

August 20, 2024

August 16, 2024

September 17, 2024

September 13, 2024

October 15, 2024

October 18, 2024

November 19, 2024

November 8, 2024

December 10, 2024

December 16, 2024

January 21, 2025

For information regarding future application deadlines and meeting dates or if you have questions about your application, contact the committee coordinator at 519-747-8773, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941 or