Planning Applications

The County provides professional planning advice, assistance, and land use planning functions to each of the 8 local municipalities within its jurisdiction, on local development processes including applications for Minor Variance, Zoning By-law Amendment , Official Plan Amendment, Consent, and Plans of Subdivision and Condominium.

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To find planing notices and file related information click on the municipality link below:

How to Appeal a decision

Each planning application once completed 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.

Application Process

Pre-consultation is required with the appropriate office (listed below) prior to submitting an application, to be sure that all requirements are identified and applications are complete, including site plans, fees and studies. Application processing generally takes 3 to 4 months. If you are interested in submitting an application, please complete and submit by fax or email to the appropriate planning office (listed below), a Property Inquiry Form (listed below).

Public Meetings are held for most planning applications.
Public Notices are sent by regular mail and Development Signs are posted on subject properties and/or Notices may be posted in local newspapers. Questions or clarifications should be directed to the administering office.

Application Forms & Information Sheets

On-line submission of applications is not accepted. Original applicant and Commissioner of Oaths signatures are required. Applications may be printed from PDF's below, 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 office(listed above) prior to submitting an application.

For the Condo Exemption Form - used to recognize that a proposed development has 'recently' undergone Planning Act approvals and that sufficient safeguards are in place due to requirements for Site Plan Control or a Development Agreement. Please request this form directly from the local area planner based in either the Walkerton or Wiarton Planning Offices.

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