Committee of Adjustment

Electronic Committee of Adjustment Hearings

The next Committee of Adjustment electronic Hearing will be held on  Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.  The hearing will be held online using Zoom Meetings. Residents will be able to watch live via the City of St. Catharines' YouTube channel.

Residents can participate in the electronic Committee of Adjustment hearings  in three different ways:

1) Submit Written Correspondence

  • Residents wishing to comment on any of the applications are encouraged to submit written correspondence. 
  • Per our amended procedural by-law, comments must be submitted a week in advance of Committee of Adjustment hearing. Comments must be submitted by September 16. 
  • Send your comments on any applications via e-mail to the Secretary- Treasurer OR mail your comments to the Secretary-Treasurer. Comments must be received by September 18.    Mail your comments to:

    50 Church Street
    PO Box 3012
    St. Catharines, ON  L2R 7C2
    Attn: Secretary-Treasurer, Planning and Building Services

2) Participate in the Hearing using Zoom

  • Advance registration is required to participate in electronic Committee of Adjustment Hearings. 
  • To participate at the electronic Hearing, you must register by September 18.
  • Requests to participate will only be accepted using our Committee of Adjustment Electronic Delegation Application Form . The form contains more information on the process for making an electronic delegation
  • Participants must complete a test Zoom session with City staff in advance of the meeting.
  • Only those delegates who successfully attend a test session will be able to participate electronically at the Committee of Adjustment meeting.

3) Participate in the Meeting by Telephone

  • Advance registration is required to participate by telephone.  Please call 905-688-5601 ext. 1660 and leave a message with your name, address, phone number and the agenda item(s) you wish to speak to.
  • To participate at the electronic Hearing by telephone, you must register by September 18.
  • City staff will contact you to confirm your participation and provide meeting details.
  • Please note - residents are responsible for any costs that may be associated with dialing-in to participate in the meeting. 

Watching the Committee of Adjustment Meeting
If you just wish to follow along, all meetings will be live-streamed on the City of St. Catharines' YouTube channel. The live-stream will begin just before 5 p.m.


Statement of Purpose


The Committee of Adjustment is a legislated committee.

The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body, similar to an informal court, that operates under the Planning Act, the Statutory Powers Procedure Act and various provincial regulations. The Committee operates independently from City Council. 




When constructing a new building, making additions or alterations to an existing building, the proposed works must comply with the City's zoning by-laws. If it doesn't, an application for minor variance is made.

Persons wishing to sever part of their land to create a new lot or a new parcel must make an application for consent to authorize the severance. Consent is required for new lots, additions to existing lots, establishing easements / rights-of-way, such as shared driveways, and long-term leases for more than 21 years.

The Committee of Adjustment conducts public hearings and makes decisions on applications for minor variances and consent.



Allowing anyone wishing to speak to an application an opportunity to do so making rational decisions with appropriate, well-thought conditions Clearly stating the reasons for their decisions Giving due diligence to the consideration of each application Openly making all decisions in public at the hearing


Membership is open to citizens who reside and/or are property owners in the City of St. Catharines and who are 18 years of age or older.

The Committee consists of five voting members who have been appointed by City Council through the City's citizen appointment process.

Members shall observe all corporate policies of the City of St. Catharines with respect to the Code of Conduct and harassment policies, and make every effort to attend all meetings.


Membership Term

Members are appointed for the term of Council (four years).

Membership List

Meeting Schedule and Locations

Please note: in-person meetings are suspended at this time. Meetings are taking place electronically at this time.  




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