Committee of adjustment

Due to COVID-19 the Committee of Adjustment is only scheduling virtual meetings.

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

  • request a severance, right of way, easement or lease with an application for consent (PDF)
  • required with an application of consent, complete and submit the environmental screening questionnaire (PDF) from the Region of Waterloo 
  • request a variance to zoning regulations through an application for minor variance (PDF)
  • follow the source water protection requirements instructions and include the Notice of Source Protection Plan document and the screening form with all applications

Applications must be made in person 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 at request of the applicant. 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.

Application type


Consent application


Minor variance application


Change to conditions of consent*


Application deferral*


Request per section 45.1.3 and 45.1.4 of Planning Act


Submission and meeting dates

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

2022 Submission and meeting dates

Application submission date Meeting date

December 17, 2021

January 18, 2022

January 14, 2022

February 15, 2022

February 11, 2022

March 15, 2022

March 18, 2022

April 19, 2022

April 14, 2022

May 17, 2022

May 13, 2022

June 21, 2022

June 17, 2022

July 19, 2022

July 15, 2022

August 16, 2022

August 19, 2022

September 20, 2022

September 16, 2022

October 18, 2022

October 14, 2022

November 15, 2022

November 18, 2022

December 13, 2022

December 16, 2022

January 17, 2023


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