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.


Applications must be made in person at the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall. We accept cash, cheque and debit.


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.

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.

2020 submission and meeting dates

Application submission date

Meeting date

September 18, 2020

October 20, 2020

October 16, 2020

November 17, 2020

November 6, 2020

December 8, 2020

December 11, 2020

January 19, 20201

For information regarding future application deadlines and meeting dates, please contact Danielle Ingram at

Source water protection

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.

If you have questions about your application, contact the committee coordinator at 519-747-8773, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941 or