Site Plan Application Process

A Site Plan Review process is required to facilitate commercial, industrial, institutional and multiple residential development, and specific residential development in certain mature areas of the City, in accordance with Section 41 of the Ontario Provincial Planning Act. Site Plan Control is implemented through City of Brampton By-laws 96-86, as amended.

Site Plan Approval is required prior to the issuance of a Building Permit for all developments subject to Site Plan Control.

The Site Plan Review process examines design and technical aspects of a proposed development to ensure compliance with all municipal requirements, standards and objectives. Site Plan applications are generally reviewed with respect to (but not limited to) the following considerations:

  • zoning by-law requirements;
  • grading and servicing standards;
  • transportation and transit planning standards;
  • urban design objectives;
  • landscaping standards;
  • accessibility standards;
  • environmental conservation;
  • conformity with provincial noise, vibration and odour guidelines;
  • other external agencies’ requirements.

Please note, approval of Site Plan applications has been delegated by Council to Planning staff. As such, a Statutory Public meeting under the Planning Act is not required in the Site Plan Review process.

There are four (4) streams of Site Plan Review designed to evaluate proposals based on their scale and complexity:

Excluded from Site Plan Control - Proposals with only minor physical changes to a site or building exterior or, that are controlled by other review processes, may be excluded from Site Plan Review.

Limited Site Plan Review - For proposals involving a simple single activity, that do not require external agency review or a Site Plan Agreement/ amendments. Multiple simple, single activities cannot be accommodated in the Limited stream and will be addressed through the Basic Site Plan Review stream.

Basic Site Plan Review - For small proposals, that involve a scoped set of technical reviews. Always requires a Pre-Application Consultation meeting.

Full Site Plan Review - For all other proposals that require technical reviews by most internal groups and any number of external agencies and require the preparation of a new Site Plan Agreement. Always requires a Pre-Application Consultation meeting.

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(Note: The City of Brampton no longer processes “Site Plan Waivers” as this process has been replaced by the Excluded and Limited Site Plan review streams.)


For a detailed description of the process, guidelines on how to submit applications and digital materials please refer to the following links:


Digital Plan Submission Requirements

Submission of digital plans should adhere to the Digital Submission Standards as contained in the links below. Appendix 'A' - Site Plan Approval outlines the digital submission requirements. The City's digital base file (Site Plan Seed File) is provided in both MicroStation (.dgn) and AutoCAD (.dwg) format.

Process Steps