Land Development

A Land Development Permit is required for land works that alter natural drainage that moves to, across, or from the property, and causes impact to either neighbouring properties or impacts natural resources, such as, but not limited to, marsh areas and intermittent (seasonal) ponds.

Typically, land elevation alterations to build structures on the property do not require separate land development permits. This exclusion typically includes that portion of the finished grade away from the foundation, as required under most Municipal Lot Grading By-laws.

There are circumstances, however, where the development of a structure on the land is significantly higher than the surrounding area and natural drainage is negatively impacted and/or the finished grade/ eavestroughing of the new structure causes and/or worsens localized flooding that did not exist prior to the construction of the structure.

If it is determined that a Land Development Permit is required, applicants may be requested to submit the following information to our office:

  • A drainage plan (Engineer's Stamp may be required)
  • A sectional drawing (Engineer's Stamp may be required)
  • Detail drawing(s) of the system(s) to be installed, if any, including specifications of dimensions and material type(s) ie: retaining wall, french drain, rip rap, etc
  • A site plan including all dimensions, all structures with distance to property lines, north arrow, road name, and other relevant information, as required, and
  • A completed general development application form.


  1. Application Form
  2. Site Plan tooltip
  3. Plans of Work to be completed (diagram and description - engineered plans may be required dependent on scope of work)
  4. Status of Title (current within 30 days of application) tooltip
  5. Residential Application Review Fee of $150 tooltip
  6. Letter of Authorization (Required if someone is filling out the application on behalf of the applicant) tooltip