Consent to Sever Land

The Committee of Adjustment is a committee, made up of Hamilton residents chosen by City Council that deals with consents and minor variances.

A consent is often referred to as a land severance. The most common types of consent applications are for land severance to divide a parcel of land into two or more new lots or as a lot addition to an abutting property.

Examples of other consent applications may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mortgages over part of a property
  • Lease agreements in excess of 21 years
  • Easements for servicing and right of ways for access over one property in favour of another Validation of title to resolve conveyance oversights that contravene the Planning Act

Severance proposals may involve minor variance approvals. You can submit both applications at the same time for consideration by the committee.

Submit an application for Consent to Sever Land

Prior to submitting an application, it is strongly recommended that you contact the planner responsible for your particular area in order to determine the feasibility of your proposal.

"EAST" Area
Wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 2799
Email: Development Clerk East

"WEST" Area
Wards 1, 2, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 1355
Email: Development Clerk West

The approximate total processing time for an application without an appeal is about 7-9 weeks.

This application form is to be used by persons or public bodies wishing to apply for the severance of land within the City of Hamilton. In this form, the term "subject land" means the land to be severed and the land to be retained.

You will need to complete the Consent to Sever Land application form (PDF, 168 KB) | Consent to Sever Land application form (DOC, 495 KB)

In the case of an approved application, conditions may be imposed as requested by circulated agencies. For example a 5% park land dedication or cash in lieu thereof to the local municipality, a road widening dedication to the appropriate authority, and any other condition the Committee deems necessary.

The application form also sets out additional information such as technical information or reports that will assist the City in their planning evaluation of the consent application. To ensure the quickest and most complete review, this information should be submitted along with the mandatory information. In the absence of this additional information, it may not be possible to do a complete review within the legislated time frame for making a decision. As a result, the proposed severance application may be refused.

Other application forms that may be required

You will have to pay the application fee when you submit your application. Applications fees are non-refundable whether the application is approved or denied.  

Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card. Cheques must be made payable to the City of Hamilton.

Application type Fee
Property serviced with sanitary sewers and public watermains $2,570
Property serviced with sanitary sewers and a well or cistern $2,705
Property serviced with public watermains and a septic system $2,915
Property serviced by a well or cistern and a septic system $3,050
Recirculation fee $210
Deed Certification $205
Deferral or Extension $60
Validation of Title $785
Plus per Unit Finance Fee (collected if a new parcel of land is created) $17.35/unit

Conservation Authority plan review fee

The Conservation Authorities within the City of Hamilton charge fees for their review of Planning Act applications.

Once you submit your application, City staff will advise you if your application requires Conservation Authority review, and if so, which Conservation Authority your project falls within:

The fee is to be made payable to the appropriate Conservation Authority and you will have to pay the fee to the City upon request. We will forward the fee along with the application to the Conservation Authority.

Combined applications will only be charged at the highest rate. The Conservation Authority reserves the right to request additional fees should the review require a substantially greater level of effort.

You will need to submit the following:

  • Two (2) copies of the completed application form
  • Three (3) copies of the sketch or survey of the property must be submitted (one (1) full scale size and two (2) no larger than ledger size paper 11” x 17”)
  • Five (5) copies of the information/reports if indicated as needed when completing the sections of the application form. The nature of the information/reports varies with the type of land uses proposed, the existing land use and topographic features.
  • Application fee

If a survey plan of the subject property is not available, you can submit a sketch map with the minor variance application to provide clarification of the variance you are applying for.

You must provide the following details with your sketch map:

  • The true dimensions of the property for which the application is being made
  • The location and dimensions of all existing buildings, structures or uses on the subject property
  • The setback measurements from the lot lines to the existing or proposed building on the subject property such as front yard, rear yard and side yard setbacks. If applicable, the distance of building on neighbouring lots
  • Clearly demonstrate the difference between the existing building and the proposed addition (if applicable)
  • The location and name of the street should be shown
  • The location must be drawn to scale utilizing good drafting techniques
  • A scale and north arrow should be shown on the sketch
  • The committee reserves the right to reject sketches for insufficient or poorly presented information
  • The size has to be a minimum of 8.5“x 11” and a maximum of 11” x 17”

The application cannot be processed until it is considered to be complete. An application is considered to be complete when all of the above have been provided and the requisite sign has been posted on the subject lands and that all signage requirements have been satisfied.

You can submit the application, supporting documents and fee in person to: 

City of Hamilton
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5
Attention: Committee of Adjustment Secretary-Treasurer

Once you apply for a Committee of Adjustment you are required to post a sign on the property.

Signage requirements

The City of Hamilton will:

  • Provide a cardboard sign to the applicant when you submit the application or we will contact you to pick up a sign for the subject property
  • Once we process the application we will send you a copy of the notice. You must insert the notice into the sleeve on the sign.

You will need to:

  • Post a sign on the subject land
  • Post the sign on the property so that it is visible to the public
  • Leave the sign on the property until the appeal period has been completed

Once you submit your application, a public hearing will be set within 30 days of the date of submission.

Contact us

Committee of Adjustment
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 4221
Email: Barb.Ofield@hamilton.ca