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A Zoning Compliance Letter
provides information the City may have with respect to the status of
zoning on a property. This includes Zoning Designation and By-laws Pertaining
to the Planning Act. Zoning Compliance Letters do not include
information on Building Code Orders or status of permits. To obtain a
Zoning Compliance Letter, please complete the Compliance
Letter Request Form and submit payment (as per
the City of Barrie Fees By-law) to Service
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 visit barrie.ca/apli to
in person, please submit a completed Permitted
Use Letter Request Form and submit payment (as per the City of Barrie Fees By-law) to Service
Applications for each of the following go through the Development Review Process.
Both the City of Barrie
Official Plan and the
Zoning By-law can be amended through a public process. The goal of this process is assess whether the proposed amendment is in keeping with the long-term vision and goals for how our community should grow and to ensure that members of the public who may be affected by the proposed amendment have an opportunity to make their views on the matter heard.
Application - Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning
The division of a parcel of land into multiple lots (which can then be sold) requires approval of a plan of subdivision. This approval process helps ensure that:
The City of Barrie has been delegated authority by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to approve draft plans of subdivision (Ontario Regulation 417/01 under the Planning Act). The approval process is provided for under section 51 of the Planning Act. Section 51 also applies to the approval of a Plan of Condominium (under subs.9(2) of the Condominium Act).
Application for Approval of Plan of Subdivison
Application for Plan of Condominium Approval or Exemption
Application for Extension or Revision to Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision or Condo
Applications for Plan of Subdivision Approval, for Council Review of a Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision, and for Plan of Condominium Approval or Exemption can be submitted to the City Clerk's Office on the first floor of City Hall, 70 Collier Street. Once a complete application has been received, processing the application may take 6–8 months.
Provided for under section 41 of the Planning Act, Site Plan Control helps ensure that development in the urban environment takes place in a safe, efficient, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing manner, and that new development is compatible with existing neighbouring properties. Among other things, Site Plan Control regulates the placement of buildings and structures on a lot, the relationship of structures to adjacent properties and streets, and matters of exterior design.
A significant portion of land within the City of Barrie is subject to Site Plan Control. If a property is located within a designated Site Plan Control area, then an application for Site Plan Approval is necessary before any development can take place on that property. (For the purposes of Site Plan Control, “development" includes erecting new buildings, adding to or altering an existing building in a way that substantially increase its size or usability, and establishing a commercial parking lot.)
Development or alteration of any lands that are designated within a Site Plan Control Area are subject to the Site Plan Approval process, unless otherwise exempt by the Director of Planning and Building Services. Exemptions from the Full Site Plan Approval process may be considered for minor development and/or site alterations on lands subject to Site Plan Control in accordance with this process and at the discretion of the Director of Planning and Building Services, or their designate. Within the City of Barrie, minor development and/or site alterations may include, but shall not be limited to exterior building façade improvements/alterations, minor building additions, exterior patio additions, minor parking lot additions/alterations and temporary sales trailers.
If the property is not located within a Site Plan Control area, then the owner can proceed to apply for a building permit (subject to zoning confirmation and other applicable municipal requirements.)
Site Plan Control Approval Application
Site Plan Application Manual
Application for Pre-Servicing Agreement
Application for Exemption from Full Site Plan Approval
Exemption from Full Site Plan Approval Process
Application for Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Scoped Site Plan Approval
Process Guide for DADU Scoped Site Plan Approval
The following applications can be made online through
Development applications undergo a review process that includes the following steps. Required forms/applications are linked appropriately below.
The pre-consultation stage of the review process provides applicants with an opportunity to present their development proposals and concept plans to City Staff.
The pre-consultation review process gives staff the chance to:
Pre-Consultation Application Form: Site Plan Control
Pre-Consultation Application Form: Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, and Plan of Subdivision/Condominium
Once a complete Pre-Consultation Application has been submitted, it is circulated to the pertinent City departments and external agencies for review and commentary. A review committee meeting between the applicant, City staff, and any necessary outside agencies will be scheduled within a minimum of four weeks from a complete application being submitted.
A complete Pre-consultation Application and a pre-consultation meeting are required before a development application can be submitted.
The City of Barrie requires an informal Neighbourhood Meeting prior to an application for Official Plan Amendments and Zoning By-law Amendments, and applications for Plan of Subdivision Approval (this requirement was established by Council Resolution 14-G-225). The Applicant is required to host a neighbourhood meeting in conjunction with Planning Services. This provides the public with an opportunity to ask questions and receive information about the application. No decisions on the application are made at these meetings.
Applicants must address the feedback received through the public consultation process in the Planning Justification Report (required as part of a complete application) by:
Notice of the meeting is sent by regular mail to property owners located within 240 metres of the subject lands and emailed to residents of the applicable ward who have signed up to receive corporate
e-bulletins. Neighbourhood Meetings are also promoted via:
Following pre-consultation, City staff will provide the applicant with a list of the studies and reports that must be included with the application in order for it to be considered complete. A list of the studies that may be required can be found on page 6–29 of the
Official Plan and below. These studies help staff assess the potential impacts of the proposed amendment in order to make an informed recommendation on the application.
Planning Justification Report
Affordable Housing Report
Environmental Impact Study
Functional Servicing Report
Heritage Impact Assessment
Historic Neighbourhood Character Impact Evaluation
Noise-Vibration Impact Analysis
Stormwater Management Report
Transportation Impact Study
Transportation Impact Study Guidelines
Tree Preservation Plan
Urban Design Report
Energy Conservation and Efficiency
As part of the complete application process, a Public Notice sign must be posted on the lands that are the subject of the application. The Planning & Building Services Department has requirements for the positioning of the Public Notice sign on the property, as well as a guide to the symbols displayed on the sign:
The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with preparing and posting the Public Notice.
As required under the Planning Act, a formal Public Meeting regarding the application will be held in front of General Committee. At this meeting, the applicant will make a presentation regarding the proposed amendment, and members of the public will have a chance to speak and to ask questions. Members of the public can also make written submissions if they are unable to attend the meeting. No decisions are made at this meeting.
Notice of the Public Meeting is sent by regular mail to property owners located within 120 metres of the subject lands; a sign is also posted on the subject lands.
In addition to conducting their own technical review, Planning staff circulate the application to other City departments and to relevant outside agencies (such as Conservation Authorities or provincial ministries) for commentary.
Following this review, Planning staff submits a report making a recommendation to
General Committee regarding the proposed amendment. General Committee will consider this report and then make a recommendation to City Council, which will decide on the application.
Once an application has been received and confirmed as complete, it is assigned to an individual File Manager. This “one-window" approach gives the applicant a single point of contact with City staff during the review process. Details regarding the applications will be listed under
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