City of Toronto – Zoning Examiner

Zoning Examiner

Job ID: 26989
Job Category: Audit, Compliance & Inspections
Division & Section: Toronto Building, Plan Review
Work Location: Various, see below
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, 3 Permanent vacancies, 1 Temporary (12 month) vacancy
Hourly Rate and Wage Grade: $42.09 – $46.12, TF0255, Wage Grade 13
Hours & Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 4
Posting Period: 3-Oct-2022 to 18-Oct-2022


Vacancies are anticipated at various locations across the City of Toronto, including: 

  • City Hall, 100 Queen Street West 
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 2 Civic Centre Court 
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street 
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive

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 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 examination 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 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 procedure in order to facilitate the plan review process 
  • Provides information to Facilities and Real Estate Division for Park Levy determination 
  • Advises City Staff (Building, planning, 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-Law and related By-Laws 
  • Liaises with applicants, owners, other divisions, agencies and levels of government 
  • Meets with City staff to discuss, and provides 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, provides written comments on proposed uses to Municipal Licensing and Standard 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 Committee of Adjustment. Checks transcripts when variances are missed to determine, among other things, if there was opposition to the proposal. 
  • Amends updates, 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 and updates 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, 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.

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How to Apply: 

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 26989, by Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at TBD.

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Posted on

October 4, 2022