What is a Fence Variance?
A fence variance is a change or permission from the specific requirements of the Town’s Fence By-law #. 052-05 (as amended). The fence variance process allows a property owner the opportunity to seek permission or relief from a specific provision of the Town’s Fence by-law by applying to the Committee of Adjustment.
What is the Fence Variance Process?
The fence variance process consists of several steps:
Pre Consultation: Prior to making the application, the applicant may wish to confer with the Secretary-Treasurer
Submission: When submitting, ensure that the application is completed in its entirety. Once a completed application is received it is processed by the Secretary Treasurer
Circulation: All property owners within 60 metres of the subject lands as well as various Town departments and any affected agencies are provided a Notice of Hearing two weeks prior to the Hearing date, which briefly outlines the nature of the application – applicant is responsible for posting a sign on the subject lands
Hearing and Decision: The Committee hears the application and usually makes a decision the same day
Notice of Decision: A Notice of Decision is circulated to the applicant and all persons who made a written request to be notified of the decision – once the decision is made, a 20 day appeal period commences during which time the Committee’s decision could be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board
If Appealed: The application is heard before the Ontario Municipal Board in what amounts to a new hearing
If No Appeal: The Committee’s decision is final after the expiration of the 20 day appeal period