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).

Process :

Site Plan Applications

Site Plan Approval is required to facilitate commercial, industrial, institutional, and multiple residential development in accordance with Section 41 of the Ontario Provincial Planning Act.  Site Plan Approval is implemented through City of Brampton By-laws 96-86, 258-91, and 250-96.  Generally, lower density forms of development (i.e. single and semi-detached, duplex, triplex dwellings and buildings containing less than 5 dwellings) and agricultural buildings are exempted from site plan control.  

The Site Plan Approval 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, 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 Approval.  Please contact the Planning and Land Development Services Division of the Planning, Design and Development Department to determine whether or not your development proposal requires Site Plan Approval.

Please note that Council approval is not required for Site Plan Applications and no statutory public meetings apply to the site plan process. 

Site Plan Waiver - Projects that propose only minor physical changes to a site (i.e., patio enlargement) or building exterior (i.e., new door/window) may not require a comprehensive review via a full site plan application submission.  A City Development Planner can review the parameters of your proposal and confirm if the plans can be stamped with a site plan waiver.  The stamped site plan waived drawings can be forwarded to the Building Division to facilitate any required Building Permit process.  A Site Plan Waiver fee is associated with this process, as opposed to the Site Plan Approval fee.