What is the Committee of Adjustment?

The Committee of Adjustment is a five member committee appointed by Town of Ajax Council in accordance with the Planning Act to make decisions on minor variance applications. The Committee of Adjustment Terms of Reference can be found here.

What does the Committee of Adjustment do?

The Committee of Adjustment is authorized by the Planning Act to grant minor variances from the provisions of the Town's Zoning By-law, if in the opinion of the Committee the request meets all of four test outlined in the Planning Act:

  1. Is the request minor in nature?
  2. Is the request desirable for the appropriate development of the lands?
  3. Does the request maintain the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan?
  4. Does the request maintain the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law?

The Committee of Adjustment may also consider and grant requests to enlarge or extend a legal non-conforming use.

For information on Land Division Applications, please visit the Land Division webpage.

Committee of Adjustment Meeting Schedule

The Committee of Adjustment meets on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Ajax Town Hall, located at 65 Harwood Avenue South. The following is a Committee meeting schedule and the associated application filing deadlines:

Committee of Adjustment Meeting Date

Last Day to File Application to the Committee of Adjustment

January 29, 2020

January 2, 2020

February 26, 2020

January 29, 2020

March 25, 2020

February 26, 2020

April 29, 2020

April 1, 2020

May 27, 2020

April 29, 2020

June 24, 2020

May 27, 2020

July 29, 2020

July 2, 2020

August 26, 2020

July 29, 2020

September 30, 2020

September 2, 2020

October 28, 2020

September 30, 2020

November 25, 2020

October 28, 2020

December 16, 2020

November 18, 2020

Additional Information

Apply for a Minor Variance

Any person wishing to apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance must complete the Minor Variance Application Form, submit the required documentation outlined on the application form and the required fee to the Town's Planning and Development Services Department. The Minor Variance Application form can be downloaded below:

Minor Variance Application Form

If necessary, it is recommended that applicants contact the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority or Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority to determine if your property is within their regulated area.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available through the online meeting calendar

Appeal a Committee of Adjustment decision

To appeal a decision made by the Committee of Adjustment, an appeal must be submitted to the Town of Ajax during the prescribed 20 day appeal period and will be processed by the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT).

To appeal you must submit a copy of the completed Appellant Form, and the required fees which are outlined on the LPAT website and the Town of Ajax Planning Act Fees and Charges By-law.

Visit the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal webpage [insert link to LPAT Webpage] for additional information and to determine your appeal rights.

Application Fees

Please visit the Planning Act Fees and Charges By-law to determine the required application fee or application appeal fee.

2018 Minor Variance Public Notices 

September 26, 2018

October 24, 2018

November 28, 2018

December 19, 2018

2019 Minor Variance Public Notices 

January 30, 2019

February 27, 2019

March 27, 2019


2020 Minor Variance Public Notices

January 29, 2020


For further information, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment at 905-619-2529.