OMB appeal fee increase deadline looms

TORONTO—It’s getting a lot more expensive to fight city hall. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has announced that, effective July 1, appeal fees will be increasing dramatically.

An appeal filed before the July 1 deadline will come with a $125 invoice, but after Canada Day, you will be shelling out $300.

The appeal fee increase applies to OMB appeals that are date stamped by the municipality/approval authority on or after July 1, 2016. OMB appeal fees will still be $125 for appeals date stamped before July 1, 2016.

The current fee has been in place for around a quarter of a century and the proposed increase would allow only the OMB to recover approximately eight percent of its operating costs, up from three percent under the current rate.

A $25 fee will apply for every additional consent appeal filed by the same appellant in relation to connected consent applications and for every additional variance appeal filed by the same appellant in relation to connected variance application.