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Planning Applications

The following 3 easy steps to submit a planning application are outlined below:

Step 1 - Pre-Consultation

It is recommended that pre-consultation is done with the Township Planning Department. This will allow for a better understanding of the proposal, process, and what studies may be required to submit a complete application.

Pre-Consultation Application

For all Development applications, contact the Planner or Manager of Planning and Development Services.

Step 2 - Complete Application

In order for the Planning Department to accept your application, it must be completed and paid for in full including the required support studies. The following are examples of studies that may be required by the township to make informed planning decisions:

  • Planning Justification Report
  • Survey
  • Archeological Assessment
  • Record of Site Conditions/D4 Study (Landfills and Dumps)
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Geotechnical/Soil Suitability Report
  • Market Impact Study
  • Grading and Drainage Plan
  • Storm Water Management Plan
  • Servicing Study
  • Aggregate Extraction Potential Study
  • Easement Agreement
  • Site Plan Approval
  • Topographical Survey
  • Acoustical Study
  • Minimum Distance Separation Report (MDS)
  • Traffic Impact or Transportation Study

The cost of your planning application will be according the current Fee and Services By-law.

Once the application is deemed to be complete, the approval time requirements as set out in the Planning Act will commence.

Step 3 - The Applications

Committee of Adjustment 2022 Schedule of Dates

Minor Variance

A Minor Variance Application is heard by the Committee of Adjustment. A minor variance is a minor adjustment to the provision of the zoning by-law specific to the property and must meet the following tests:

  • Maintain general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law regulations (non-precedence setting);
  • Conform to the Official Plan;
  • Be desirable for the appropriate development of the land;
  • And be minor in nature

Deem Lots on a Registered Plan of Subdivision

An Application to Deem Lots is heard by Council. Deeming allows for the merging of 2 or more abutting lots to become one lot. This is useful for people who would like to build across a lot line.


A Severance Application is heard by the Committee of Adjustment and may allow for the division of a property into up to 5 lots.

Zoning By-law Amendment/Temporary Use By-law

Zoning By-law Amendment Application is heard by Council. Zoning by-law amendments are intended to change the use or regulations for a property.

Removal of a Holding Symbol

Removal of a Holding Symbol Application is a decision by Council that would permit the development of a property in compliance with the existing zoning once the required conditions are met.

Official Plan Amendment

Official Plan Amendment Applications are considered by Council. Official Plan Amendments are intended to change the long-range planning direction. Official Plan Amendments are reviewed and approved by the County of Simcoe.

Plan of Subdivision/Condominium

Pre-Servicing Agreement Application (August 2018)

Plan of Subdivision or Condominium Applications are considered by Council.

Application for Extension or Revision to a Draft Plan Approved Plan of Subdivision

Site Plan Agreement

Site Plan Agreement Applications may require Council approval.

Docks on Municipal Water Lots

Docks on Municipal Water Lots Applications