Land Use Planning

The Planning team works with Municipalities to be “development ready.” If you can’t find a spot that’s ready for your development, we can help guide you to the best place for your development, and through the planning approval process if changes are needed to accommodate your proposal. Don’t feel you have to navigate the process on your own. We know how it works and we are here to navigate it with you.

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land use planning at the County of Bruce

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GIS Coordinator - Justin Kraemer

Justin Kraemer
Location:  Peninsula Hub
Tel:  519-534-2092
Planning & Development

Land Use

Neighbourhoods work better for all when simple rules and guidelines are followed. Land use and bylaw information is easy to find here.

Lakeshore Hub - Planning

Phone Number: 226-909-1601
Inland Hub – Planning

Phone Number: 519-881-1782
Peninsula Hub – Planning

Phone Number: 519-534-2092

Bruce County Official Plan

The purpose of the Bruce County Official Plan is to establish a policy framework to guide the physical, social and economic development of the County and to protect the natural environment within the County to the year 2021.  For more information on any current County-wide amendments to the County's Official Plan, or to download a PDF version, please visit the Bruce County Official Plan service page.  

Municipal Planning Documents and Active Planning Applications

Each of the 8 municipalities within Bruce County have their own Comprehensive Zoning By-law and may have a Secondary Official Plan.  To view these documents, please visit the municipal web page within the County website by selecting the municipality of interest from the listing above.  Active planning applications and associated documents for each file are also available for viewing on each of the municipal pages.

Application Process


Pre-consultation is required with the appropriate planning hub (listed below) prior to submission, providing an opportunity early in the planning process to identify all submission requirements for a complete application.  Application processing takes 3 to 4 months.  If you are interested in filing an application, please first complete a Property Inquiry Form (PDF available below under Planning Forms) and provide a site sketch of your proposal, and submit to the appropriate planning hub (listed below).

Submitting an Application

On-line submissions of applications are not accepted as original applicant and Commissioner of Oaths signatures are required. Applications may be printed from the PDF's on this page, or paper applications are available from municipal and county offices.

Clear, legible site plans detailing all existing and proposed buildings, structures and uses (including septic beds and wells), their dimensions and distance to lot lines are required for all application types.   Please refer to the information sheets provided below, for further information. Pre-consultation is required with the appropriate planning hub prior to submission.

Application 'Form One' (available below) is a multi-purpose application form used for:

  • Official Plan/Secondary Plan Amendment
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment
  • Consent/Severance
  • Minor Variance

How to Appeal a Decision

Each completed planning application will have a 'Decision' issued, containing an 'Appeal By' date.  The hearing of appeals is undertaken by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT); To access the required LPAT forms and further details on LPAT Appeal procedures, please visit the LPAT Website.

Planning Forms

PDF icon 2020 Application Fees40.83 KB
PDF icon Site Plan (Sketch) Requirements 202030.25 KB
PDF icon Form One - Application330.67 KB
PDF icon Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Guidelines County Official Plan, Nov 2009136.48 KB
PDF icon Form Two - Information to Applicants - Consent (Severance) 2020364.29 KB
PDF icon Form Three - Information to Applicants - Zoning By-law Amendments 2020336.82 KB
PDF icon Form Four - Information to Applicants - Minor Variance or Alteration to Legal Non-Conforming Use 2020318.55 KB
PDF icon Form Five - Information to Applicants - Official Plan Amendment 2020369.11 KB
PDF icon Form Six - Information to Applicants - Subdivision or Condominium Draft Plan Approval 2020245.85 KB
PDF icon Subdivision and Condominium Approval Procedures 2020340.83 KB
PDF icon Subdivision or Condominium Development - Information to Applicants and Application 20201.15 MB
PDF icon Final or Phase Approval of a Plan of Subdivision or Condominium - Information to Applicants and Application 2020558.76 KB
PDF icon Condominium Exemption - Information to Applicants and Application 2020693.51 KB
PDF icon Major Revision - Change of Conditions to Draft Plan of Subdivision or Condominium - Information to Applicants 2020566.75 KB
PDF icon Minor Revision - Change of Conditions (Extension) to a Draft Plan of Subdivision or Condominium - Application 2020473.93 KB
PDF icon Extension to the Approval of a Draft Plan of Subdivision or Condominium - Information to Applicants and Application 2020664.31 KB
PDF icon Adopted OP or OPA - Guide and Application 20201.72 MB
PDF icon Change of Conditions to Provisional Consent (Severance) - Information to Applicants and Application 2020370.9 KB
PDF icon Property Inquiry Form74.1 KB

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