Planning & Building Services
The Planning & Building Services Department is responsible for matters pertaining to the use and development of land within the City of Barrie. The department maintains and administers the City's two principle planning instruments; the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law.
Planning Services, located on the first floor of City Hall, is responsible for the preparation of long range planning and research studies pertaining to policy related issues that affect the use and development of land within the City. These studies relate to the development of planning policy on matters ranging from environmental protection, heritage conservation, downtown revitalization and economic development.
Planning Services also issues Permitted Use Letters. A permitted use letter is written confirmation of the zoning and permitted uses at a subject property. The letter is often requested by a business owner to confirm that their proposed business is permitted on a specific property. The letter does not confirm compliance with any other regulations set out in the Barrie Zoning By-law. If you require a Permitted Use Letter, please fill out the form and bring it to Planning Services, 1st floor City Hall, along with the required fee. Request for Permitted Use Letter.pdf
The department is also responsible for reviewing, processing and making recommendations to City Council on applications for development or re-development of land within the City, and for administering the Financial Incentives Program in the City's historic downtown core.
Policy Planning, Research and Special Studies
- Preparation of the City of Barrie Official Plan.
- Preparation of Secondary Plans.
- Review of applications and recommendations related to proposed changes to the City's Official Plan and Zoning By-law.
- Research and Special Studies related to land use issues.
- Review and Recommendations re: Façade and Streetscape Program
- Review and Recommendations re: Plan of Subdivision applications.
- Review and Recommendations re: Site Plan applications.
- Review and Recommendations re: Committee of Adjustments applications.
- Population and Land Use Statistics
- The Subdivision Paper outlining the status of subdivisions and their mix of housing
- Official Plan Schedules (maps)
- Zoning By-law Schedules (maps)
The Building Services Branch is located on the 8th floor of City Hall and provides the following services:
- Processes applications and conducts site inspections for building permits, septic permits, sign structure permits, pool enclosure permits and retaining wall permits.
- Investigates complaints of construction without a permit, construction contrary to the Building Code, or of buildings in an unsafe condition, enforcing compliance as warranted.
- Investigates complaints relating to lot grading in new subdivisions to confirm compliance with the Subdivider’s Agreement.
- Provides building construction information as requested for property transactions and general enquiries.
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