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Zoning Examiner

Posted on: May 11th, 2018

Job Description

Zoning Examiner

Job Classification Title ZONING EXAMINER

Requisition #                            2302699 X

Division                                   Toronto Building

Section                         Toronto & East York, Etobicoke York District

Work Location                          2 CIVIC CENTRE COURT, CITY HALL, 100 QUEEN ST W

Job Location                            Canada-Ontario-Toronto

Job Stream                              Buildings/Facility Operations

Job Type                                  Permanent, Full-Time

Salary/Rate                               $40.15 – $43.99 / Hour

Hours of Work (bi-weekly)        70.00

Shift Information                      Monday to Friday, 35 Hours per Week

Affiliation                                 L79 Full-time

Number of Positions Open       2

Posting Date                            08-May-2018

Expiry date                               23-May-2018

Job Description

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.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Examines, corrects, signs and approves plans and specifications submitted for compliance with the City Zoning By-Laws, related by-laws and regulations, municipal code and other applicable law for all types of buildings and structures within the timeframes specified in the legislation
  • Reviews proposals made under the Certificate of Zoning Compliance and Applicable Law program resulting in the issuance of Certificate of Zoning and Applicable Law compliance
  • Conducts preliminary plan examinations for applications made under the Preliminary Project Review program
  • Issues notices of non-compliance for zoning and other related Municipal clearances
  • Performs mathematical calculations to evaluate land use restrictions such as lot size, density, landscaping, height, setbacks and angular planes, loading and parking requirements
  • Notifies owner and/or applicant in writing and/or by telephone of status of plan review
  • Calculates applicable charges related to building permit applications
  • Conducts preliminary plan examinations and advises applicants of required changes, and informs them of divisional procedures, in order to facilitate the plan review process
  • Provides information to the Facilities and Real Estate Division for Park Levy determination
  • Advises City staff (Building, Planning, and Transportation divisions) regarding procedures and requirements for all permits
  • Responds to general inquiries over the phone and/or in person related to City Zoning By-Laws and related By-laws
  • Liaises with applicants, owners, other divisions, agencies and levels of government
  • Meets with City staff to discuss and provide written comments on proposed Zoning By-Laws and site plans for site plan approval
  • Determines which other divisions or agencies are involved in approving applications and forwards plans and obtains their approval
  • Reviews specifications and provides written comments on proposed uses to the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division, and LLBO, and processes permitted use letters
  • Appears and gives evidence in court or the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
  • Views 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. Checks transcripts when variances are missed to determine, among other things, if there was opposition to the proposal
  • Amends updates and cross-references zoning and related By-law texts and maps and maintains records of Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and City Clerk approval of By-Laws
  • Performs site inspections to confirm zoning uses, existing parking facilities, etc.
  • Provides written comments to Council, Management and other City staff on policies and interpretation of By-laws and regulations
  • Prepares examiners’ notices and documents examination details, inputs into and updates the divisional data base
  • Represents the division at various committees and meetings
  • Trains and mentors staff

Key Qualifications:

Your application 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.
  3. 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.


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 #2302699 X, by May 23, 2018.

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, assessment and placement.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need accommodation in applying for this position, please email us at, quoting the job ID #2302699 X and the job classification title.

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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