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Zoning Examiner

Posted on: October 6th, 2017

Job Description

Zoning Examiner

With your solid education, ideally in urban planning, architectural technology, science of building design, or civil engineering technology, and your experience in ensuring compliance with zoning by-laws, you’ll be a valuable addition to the City of Toronto team of Zoning Examiners.

Reporting to the Manager, Plan Review, the Zoning Examiner will examine and approve plans submitted for approval for compliance with the applicable Zoning By-Laws and other By-Laws and regulations of the City of Toronto and other applicable laws for the purposes of issuing building permits.


Your primary responsibilities as a Zoning Examiner will be varied, but you’ll be expected to:

  • Examine, correct, sign and approve plans and specifications submitted for compliance with the City Zoning By-Laws, related by-laws and regulations, municipal code and other applicable laws for all types of buildings and structures within the timeframes specified in the legislation
  • Review proposals made under the Certificate of Zoning Compliance and Applicable Law program resulting in the issuance of Certificate of Zoning and Applicable Law compliance
  • Conduct preliminary plan examinations for applications made under the Preliminary Project Review program, and issue notices of non-compliance for zoning and other related Municipal clearances
  • Perform mathematical calculations to evaluate land use restrictions such as lot size, density, landscaping, height, setbacks and angular planes, loading and parking requirements
  • Notify owner and/or applicant in writing and/or by telephone of status of plan review
  • Calculate applicable charges related to building permit applications
  • Conduct preliminary plan examinations and advise applicants of required changes, and inform them of divisional procedures, in order to facilitate the plan review process
  • Provide information to Facilities and Real Estate Division for Park Levy determination
  • Advise City staff (building, planning, and transportation divisions) regarding procedures and requirements for all permits
  • Respond to general inquiries over the phone and/or in person related to City Zoning By-Laws and related by-laws
  • Liaise with applicants, owners, other divisions, agencies and levels of government
  • Meet with City staff to discuss and provide written comments on proposed zoning by-laws and site plans for site plan approval
  • Determine which other divisions or agencies are involved in approving applications, forward plans and obtain their approval
  • Review specifications and provide written comments on proposed uses to Municipal Licensing and Standard Division, and LLBO; and process permitted use letters
  • Appear and give evidence in court or before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
  • View documents on file with the Committee of Adjustment to confirm that drawings submitted for permit application are substantially in accordance with those on file with the Committee of Adjustment, checking transcripts when variances are missed to determine, among other things, if there was opposition to the proposal
  • Amend, update and cross-reference zoning and related by-law texts and maps, and maintain records of OMB and City Clerk approval of by-laws
  • Perform site inspections to confirm zoning uses, existing parking facilities, etc.
  • Provide written comments to Council, Management and other City staff on policies and interpretation of By-Laws and regulations
  • Prepare examiners’ notices, document examination details, input and update the divisional database
  • Represent the Division at various committees and meetings
  • Train and mentor staff



Your application for the role of Zoning Examiner must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Post-secondary degree or diploma in a discipline such as urban planning, architectural technology, science of building design, civil engineering technology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience reading and interpreting surveys and architectural drawings for compliance with zoning by-laws.
  1. Experience reading and interpreting by-laws, agreements, regulations and other documentation.

You must also have:

  • Ability to make complex calculations for various fees and charges, and Zoning By-Law compliance.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of Zoning By-Laws and planning principles.
  • Good interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage work with minimal supervision and complete assigned duties accurately and within timelines.
  • Ability to work well autonomously or within a group or team environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion and tact.
  • Ability to deal effectively and courteously with customers, the general public and all levels of staff by telephone, in person and in writing.
  • Ability to work in a customer service environment.
  • Ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces.

Wage Range: $39.85 – $43.66 per hour

Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Zoning Examiner within our Toronto Building Division.

How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2285610 X, by October 20, 2017.

Communication:  Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

Accommodation:  The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy. You can request for accommodation related to the protected grounds at any stage of the City’s hiring process, i.e., application, screening, assessment and placement.

If you are invited to participate in the assessment process, we ask that you provide your accommodation needs in advance at that time. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

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