Development Appeals Board

The Development Appeals Board is an independent quasi-judicial board independent of City Council.


The function of the Development Appeals Board is to hear appeals under various sections of The Planning and Development Act, 2007.  Appeals include minor variances, demolition control districts, architectural control districts, misapplication of the Zoning Bylaw in issuing a development permit, refusal to issue a development permit that would contravene the Zoning Bylaw, refusal of subdivision application and any of the conditions of a Zoning Order issued on the property.


The Development Appeals Board is composed of not less than three and not more than nine members of the general public, all appointed by City Council.  No person who is a member of City Council or employee of a Planning Commission or employee of the municipality is eligible to be appointed as a member of the Board.


  • Ability to assess information and make objective decisions.
  • Ability to deal with complex situations.
  • Ability to provide rational solutions to complex problems.
  • Have general knowledge of the City.
  • Understand the City’s Zoning Bylaw and The Planning and Development Act, 2007.
  • Have a working knowledge of quasi-jurisprudence or administrative law.


Three-year term.


The Board meets as required depending on the number of appeals filed.


In accordance with Section 216(1)(c) of The Planning and Development Act, 2007, the Council shall determine the remuneration and expenses payable to each member.

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