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Appeals Process

If you wish to file an objection, appeal or application with the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), you can submit your request online through our e-file portal or by completing and submitting the appeal form to the correct entity. If required, you will also have to pay an appeal fee. Please review the fee chart to determine if a fee is required for your appeal.

Depending on the type of appeal and respective legislative requirements, an appeal may be filed directly with the Tribunal, or with a Municipality or other Approval Authority.

Learn more about filing an “Objection, Appeal or Application” in our Appeal Guide.

The Appeal is Filed, Received and Processed

If the appeal is filed with a Municipality or other Approval Authority, it may take a number of weeks before it is forwarded to the Tribunal.

The Tribunal then processes the appeal and sends an acknowledgement letter to the parties, which includes their case number and assigned case coordinator.

You may monitor the Case Status service to see once an appeal is fully processed and assigned a case number.

A Hearing Event is Scheduled

Depending on the type of objection, appeal or application, multiple hearing events may be scheduled. A formal process will be initiated to structure how the objection, appeal or application will be heard.

The Ontario Land Tribunal strives to schedule hearing events as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, scheduling depends on a number of factors, such as the length of time required for the hearing, the complexity and number of the issues, the format of the hearing event, and the Tribunal calendar availability.

Learn more about “Hearing Events” in our Hearings Guide.

A Decision is Issued

The length of time it takes for the OLT to issue the decision will depend on a number of factors, including the complexity of the case.

A decision may include orders, motions, information regarding the next hearing event, or next steps. Multiple decisions and interim orders may be issued before a “final order” or final decision is issued.

Learn more about “Decisions” in our Hearings Guide.