Planning & Building Services
P.O. Box 400, 70 Collier Street
Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4T5
Phone: (705) 726-4242
Fax: (705) 739-4270
Phone: (705) 739-4231
Fax: (705) 739-4240
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.
The Building Services Branch is located on the 8th floor of City Hall and provides the following services:
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