Development Application Process

Amending the Official Plan and/or Zoning By-law, Draft Plan of Subdivision or Condominium Application

The Province of Ontario, through the Planning Act determines how the development review process should be undertaken and how land uses may be controlled and by whom. The Planning Act is used for the processing of Official Plan Amendment applications, Zoning By-law Amendment applications, Plan of Subdivision and Plan of Condominium development applications. 

The City, under the direction of the Planning Act, creates an overall master-planning document called the Official Plan that is used to guide many development and infrastructure decisions on issues such as land use, built form, transportation and the environment.  The Zoning By-law is a companion document and an effective and efficient control mechanism to regulate land use and development (i.e., permitted land uses and associated requirements such as setbacks, parking, etc.) that implements the goals and objectives of the Official Plan.

The Development Application Review Process for Official Plan Amendment applications, Zoning By-law Amendment applications, Plan of Subdivision and Plan of Condominium development applications includes 11 steps and specific milestones that apply to these development applications (not all steps are required in every application, for example, some processes do not require a Community Informal Open House meeting).

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Site Plan Applications

A Site Plan Review process is required to facilitate commercial, industrial, institutional, and multiple residential development 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.

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 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 and conformity with provincial noise, vibration and odour guidelines.

Site Plan Approval is required prior to the issuance of a Building Permit for all developments subject to Site Plan Control. Please contact the Planning and Building Division of the Planning and Infrastructure Services Department to determine whether or not your development proposal requires Site Plan Review.

Please note that Council approval has been delegated to Planning Staff for Site Plan Applications and no statutory public meetings apply to the site plan process. 

Excluded from Site Plan Control - Projects that propose only minor physical changes to a site or building exterior may be excluded from site plan review. Please consult with the City of Brampton, either with a Building or Zoning Plans Examiner or the Assistant Development Planner to determine if your project is excluded from Site Plan Control. 

Limited Site Plan Review - For small  projects, usually involving a single activity, that do require a site plan review, a new Limited Site Plan Review stream is available. Please discuss your project with the Assistant Development Planner at City Hall to determine if your project qualifies for the Limited Site Plan Review Stream.  (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.)

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