Navigating Policy

Despite what you may think, land use guidelines among other things are not there to frustrate business owners. The vast majority of it makes great sense. What's difficult, however, is navigating public policy - that's the real frustration. So we've fixed that. Find help here at the Bruce County Enterprise Centre. It may not always work out - but here you'll know why and have the help you need to adapt.

Land Use Planning
Navigating Policy
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Manager of Land Use Planning

Tel:  519-881-1782 ext. 259
Department: 
Planning & Development

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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 the County Official Plan, please please visit the Bruce County Official Plan service page

The Bruce County Official Plan (730.13KB) is available for download.

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

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’ 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' 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 Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  To access the required OMB forms and further details on OMB Appeal procedures, please visit the OMB Website.

Contact us

Manager of Land Use Planning

Tel:  519-881-1782 ext. 259
Department: 
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.