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Property Standards Committee

Contact(s)

Purpose

The Municipality of Clarington has set out standards to ensure property owners maintain their properties within the community. The property standards by-law regulates items of safety and general upkeep of properties and buildings.

If the property does not conform to the by-law, a Property Standards Officer investigates and determines if the property standards by-law has been violated. If so, a Property Standards Order is issued to the owner. Orders are issued for violations of certain Ontario Building Code and municipal by-law standards for residential, multiple residential and commercial properties. 

The Property Standards Committee is a quasi-judicial body appointed by Council to consider appeals to orders issued by Property Standard Officers. It is the Committee's role to make an informal, impartial decision.

Terms of reference

The Committee has the following powers under the Ontario Building Code Act.

  • Confirm the Order or Orders served by the Municipality
  • Quash the Order
  • Amend the Order or extend the deadline for compliance

Examples of property not complying with the Property Standards:

  • Properties laden with debris
  • Unsightly vegetation
  • Conditions that constitute a health, fire or accident hazard

The Committee will be familiar with general rules of procedure before administrative tribunals, admissibility of evidence, and the relevant provisions under the Ontario Building Code Act.

The Municipality may want a lawyer to attend some Committee meeting, in certain cases, to defend municipal interests.

Composition

Appointed for the same term as Council. Six community members are appointed.

Frequency of meetings

As required.

Remuneration

$47.77 per meeting in 2018.

Committee contact

Natalie King, Property Standards Committee Secretary
905-623-3379 ext. 2105

Minutes

Not applicable

Process Summary

If an owner disagrees with the order or a portion of the order, they may appeal to the Property Standards Committee. The Committee conducts a public hearing to address the appeal makes decisions to confirm, modify and rescind the order to demolish or repair, and to extend time for complying with the order if, in Committee's opinion, the general intent and purpose of the by-law and of the official plan or policy statement are maintained.

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