Planning and Permits

The Township of Centre Wellington values the voices of all residents and by using our Official Plan and Zoning By-law we are able to achieve social, environmental and economic objectives. We seek to find a balance of interests within the community by coordinating the development of land and ensure the Ontario Building Code is properly enforced.

 Building Permits
What is a Building Permit?

 

A Building Permit is a license that grants legal permission to start construction, renovation or the demolition of a building project. Building Permits ensure that the proposed construction meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code. No matter what the specific project may be, the enforcement of codes, by-laws and standards is carried out to protect public health and safety.

Ontario Building Code Stair Changes

Changes to stair requirements under the Ontario Building Code will be effective to all permit applications deemed complete after December 31, 2021.  The list of Ontario Building Code Stair Changes can be found here

 Do I Need a Permit?
 

A permit is required when you:

  • Construct a new residential dwelling
  • Construct an addition to an existing building, irrespective of size
  • Attach a garage, carport, shed or other roof structure of any size
  • Construct an accessory building (sheds, detached garages, etc.) over 10 m2 (107 ft2)
  • Renovate
  • Finish the basement of a house
  • Create an accessory apartment in an existing dwelling
  • Demolish any building greater than 10 m2 (107 ft2)
  • Add, remove or alter a structural wall or column
  • Change the use of a building
  • Relocate a building
  • Replace an exterior wall or cladding
  • Install new plumbing or backflow prevention devices
  • Add or relocate plumbing fixtures
  • Install an underground sprinkler system connected to building plumbing
  • Add any new building that contains plumbing, irrespective of size
  • Construct decks of any shape, size or height
  • Build a concrete porch
  • Add or renovate a solarium and/or sunroom
  • Add a dormer
  • Install or change a swimming pool and its required fencing
  • Install any wood-burning appliance (fireplaces or woodstoves)
  • Convert a fireplace from gas to wood or solid fuel burning
  • Install solar panels or a solar hot water system
  • Recycle grey water to reduce water use
  • Re-insulate walls, ceilings or floors
  • Install a new furnace utilizing a new fuel source
  • Remove a load bearing wall, column, lintel or beam
  • Install a new window or door if you are increasing the width of the existing opening
  • Construct a retaining wall that is greater than three feet and three inches in height
  • Install a new private septic system, replacement tank or repairs to an existing system
  • Include site servicing (water or sewer lines) for all building types
  • Erect a tent or group of tents that are more than 60 m2 (646 ft2) in an aggregate ground area, or attached to a building, or constructed within 3 m (9' 10") of any structure
  • Alterations or changes of use to industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential construction
  • Install an exterior sign

 

Please contact our office if your project is not listed here and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

 

A permit is not required when you:

  • Structures less than 108 ft2 measured from the outside face of walls (that do not contain plumbing)
  • Gas fireplace
  • Fences not enclosing a swimming pool (but must still comply with zoning regulations)
  • Water softener installations
  • Damp-proofing basements
  • Painting, wall papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work
  • Door and window replacements (within the existing opening, where no structural members are changed)
  • Installing new shingles on existing roof
  • Replacing a plumbing fixture (i.e. toilet, bathtub or sink) with a new fixture in the same location
  • Replacing a furnace or adding air conditioning units or a heat pump
  • Kitchen or bathroom cupboards
  • Retaining walls less than 1 m in height
  • Sidewalks, planters and landscaping
  • Garden pergolas and gazebos that do not have a solid roof

 

Please contact our office if your project is not listed here and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

Apply for a Permit

Building permits can be applied for by emailing your application and documents, including drawings, to: building@centrewellington.ca (attachment limit is 10MB total). Submissions larger than 10MB can be uploaded through 2big4email, or contact us for assistance.

 

Payment will be required to be made in person at the Township Civic Centre, 1 MacDonald Square, lower level. Alternatively, a cheque can be sent by mail payable to the Township of Centre Wellington. The permit application will not be considered complete until payment has been made.

 

Please refer the permit forms and guides and permit requirements tabs below for information on:

  • application requirements
  • drawing requirements
  • designer requirements

Permits Forms and Guides

Permit Application Forms:

 

Permit Guides & Information

 

Permit Requirements

Application Requirements:

 

The following electronic documents are required for permit submission. All electronic documents and drawings must be in PDF format.

  • Application form
  • One set of drawings (see permit guides and below for drawing requirements)
  • Site plan for entire property
  • Schedule 1 - design information form
  • Energy efficiency design summary (EEDS) form
  • Sewage system design (if applicable)
  • Schedule 2 - sewage system installer information form (if applicable)
  • Any other forms that pertain to your project

 

Drawing Requirements:

 

The following drawings and information may be required to accompany application for permits:

  • Site plan/Lot grading plan
  • Foundation plan
  • Floor plans/Framing plans
  • Roof plans
  • Building elevations
  • Sections and details
  • Truss layout drawings (if applicable)
  • Pre-engineered floor joist layout drawings (if applicable)

 

All drawings must be fully dimensioned and drawn to scale. They must include all sizes and types of construction materials to be used and their respective locations, finishes to all walls, ceilings and floors, and all existing and proposed fire separations. Please refer to our permit guides for more information.

 

Designer Requirements:

 

All submitted documents must be prepared by either the owner, or prepared and reviewed by a qualified designer, architect, professional engineer or a combination. Some drawings must be designed by a professional engineer when the design falls outside of the prescriptive requirements of the Building Code. 

 

The Building Code requires qualified, registered designers, who review and take responsibility for design activities, to include the following information on documents submitted for permit:

  • The name and building code identification number (BCIN) of the registered firm.
  • A statement that the qualified person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.
  • The name and BCIN of the qualified person.
  • The signature of the qualified person.

Fees

All permit fees are calculated based on Schedule "A" By-Law No. 2016-12.

 

Notice: 

Please be advised that, in accordance with requirements of the Township of Centre Wellington Building By-Law #2005 – 044, permit fees will be due and payable upon submission of application.

 

Fees calculated on initial application may require adjustment prior to the issuance of the Building Permit.  You will be advised of any adjustment or additional fees owing on notification that the Building Permit is ready for issuance.

Development Charges

Development charges are one-time fees charged by the Township on new properties to help offset the cost of specified services as outlined in the Development Charges Act.

 

The following development charges are effective January 1, 2022. More information can be found here.

 

Residential:

 

Single-Detached & Semi-Detached Dwelling

Apartments with 2 or more bedrooms

Apartments – Bachelor and 1 bedroom

Other multiples

Special Care/Special Dwelling

Township Wide Fees

$17,289

$9,360

$7,959

$13,475

$6,148

Urban Area Service Fees

$10,996

$5,952

$5,060

$8,569

$3,909

Total

$28,285

$15,312

$13,019

$22,044

$10,057

 

Non-Residential:

Township Wide Charges

Urban Area Service Charge

Total Charges

$5.26

$3.94

$9.20 per square foot of gross floor area

 

Development charges are controlled through the Township's Development Charges By-Law and are based on our Development Charges background study and update.

 

Construction may be subject to Wellington County development charges

Inspections

Every permit issued by the Township of Centre Wellington has a list of required inspections. It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure inspection requests are booked a minimum of 24 hours before the required inspection time.

 

Please contact building staff to book an inspection by emailing buildinginspection@centrewellington.ca or by calling 519-846-9691 ext.907. You will need to make a reference to the permit number and property address when requesting your inspection. Please note the Township does not review or inspect electrical work – contact the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-421-2228 for electrical permits.

Call Before You Dig

If you are planning to dig, build or excavate it is important you locate all of your utility lines first. In fact, under Ontario Regulations it is the law.

 

To have municipal infrastructure located please contact Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 to register your locate request. Call at least one week before you plan to dig to be sure you get the locate information by the time you need it. 

Monthly Permit Information

Permit Activity Report for last month’s building permit information. 

Planning and Zoning

For Zoning Resources, click here.

For a list of Current Planning Applications, click here.

Development Pre-consultation

While the Township of Centre Wellington does not have a formal pre-consultation requirement, it is recommended that if you wish to establish a new business or industry in Centre Wellington, either through an expansion to an existing building or through the construction of a new building, you contact the Planning and Development Department to obtain the information needed.
A pre-consultation meeting may be arranged that will be useful in determining if a planning application will be required and what type, associated fees and timing.  Pre-consultation is useful for the following types of applications:

  • Official plan amendments
  • Zoning by-law amendments
  • Site plan control (for new buildings or significant expansions)
  • Subdivision/condominium applications

Pre-consultation assists in the following ways:

  • Helps clarify the application process and requirements
  • Ensures that development proposals align with local planning policies and regulations
  • Ensures that a complete application is submitted which helps expedite the review process
  • Early feedback helps to refine the proposed concept prior to submitting a formal application
  • Ensures that the required plans, studies and other information deemed necessary to be submitted with the application
  • Assists the municipality to promote design, sustainability, heritage conservation and any other considerations considered useful in the design of the project
  • Attempts to streamline the development review process which may support economic development opportunities

Fill out this form and submit to Chantalle Pellizzari, Development Coordinator at cpellizzari@centrewellington.ca

 

Draft Design and Infrastructure Standards

 

In 2017 Township Council endorsed a Process Review of the development application approval process which recommended that the Township should complete development standards which will inform potential applicants of the Township's expectations with regard to the functional and aesthetic aspects of new development.  Draft development standards for the private and public realm have been developed and are being posted for consultation with the development and construction community. We welcome your input on these documents, and will hold a public information session at a future date this fall.

 

Draft Development Manual

Draft Urban Design Guidelines

Draft Urban Design Manual - Private Realm

 

Official Plan

The official plan of the Township of Centre Wellington, is a policy document that sets out the Township's vision on how land should be used.

Where does the Official Plan apply?

The Township of Centre Wellington's Official Plan only applies to the Elora and Fergus Urban Centres, including Salem and Belwood. All other areas of the Township are governed by the County of Wellington's Official Plan.

Official Plan Amendment        

What is it?

  • A change to the Township's official plan
  • Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the community or because of requests made by property owners
  • The Planning Act requires a comprehensive review of an approved official plan to be completed every five years from the date the plan came into effect to ensure conformity with provincial plans and policies

How is an amendment made?

  • By submitting an application to council, a person or public body may request that an official plan be amended
  • Council may refuse to accept an application that fails to provide sufficient information or material as prescribed by Minister's regulation and/or set down in the municipal official plan.
  • It is highly recommended that if you plan to submit an application for an official plan amendment to consult with the Township prior to submitting the application.

​Official Plan:

​​Township Official Plan – Text Only - Consolidated January 2013​

​​​Official Plan Schedules:

​Schedule A-1 - Land Use​
Schedule A-2 - Belwood Land Use​
Schedule A-3
Schedule B - Servicing 
Schedule C - Groundwater
Schedule C-2 - Groundwater Belwood​

​Official Plan Amendments:

Name

File Size

OPA 1 Loblaws Bylaw No 2007-051

43 KB

OPA 2 Cty of Wellington Affordable Housing Bylaw No 2008-059

29 KB

OPA 3 Anchor Reform Church Bylaw No 2009-042

26 KB

OPA 4 Sheldon Creek Bylaw No 2009-069

237 KB

OPA 5 Growth Plan Conformity Bylaw No 2010-042

451 KB

OPA 6 Little Folks Bylaw No 2012-089

5316 KB    

​OPA 7 North West Fergus Secondary Plan Bylaw No 2015-016

​5334 KB

OPA 8 Two Zone Floodplain Bylaw No 2017-06

​2031 KB

OPA 9 Grand River Agricultural Society Bylaw No 2017-08

​1599 KB

Severances

A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form one or more new lot(s) or new parcel(s) of land. This is commonly known as a "consent" under the Planning Act.

Specific polices and requirements for land severance have been identified in our Official Plan. In addition to the division of land, rights-of-way, easements and any change to your existing property boundaries, such as a lot line adjustment, also require land severance approval.

If several severances are intended in the same area, a plan of subdivision may be more appropriate.

Official approval is required to ensure that:

  • Land severances are considered within an established community planning framework
  • New lots and new land uses do not to conflict with the overall future planning goals and policies of the community
  • Consideration is given to the effects of the division of land on the site, on the neighbours and on the community as a whole

Once a severance has been approved, the new land parcels may be sold or resold without further approval. The only exception is if the County of Wellington has specified that this should not occur without further approval.

Who authorizes land severances?

The County of Wellington's Land Division Committee has the authority to grant severances/consents.

Applications:

Severance Application Form

Lot Line Adjustment Application Form

MDS1 - Farm Data Sheet (if required) 

For more information or to apply please contact:

County of Wellington 
Deb Turchet, Administration & Development Planning and Development Department Phone: 519-837-2600 x2160
Fax: 519-823-1694

Site Plan

Site plan control is established under Section 41 of the Ontario Planning Act. The Township has designated the entire Township as a Site Plan Control Area with the following exceptions:

  • Single detached, semi-detached and duplex dwellings (except to establish lot grading and drainage approval on lots with a lot area less than 0.4 hectares or 1 Acre)
  • Agricultural buildings and structures (except farm help houses, trailers and garden suites)
  • All individual trailer site improvements within a trailer camp or equivalent
  • Buildings and structures for flood control or conservation purposes

Council has delegated its approval authority for Site Plan Applications to Township staff.

Why do I need to make a Site Plan Application?

Site plan applications are processed by the Planning and Development Department to ensure:

  • Compliance with the Township Official Plan, zoning by-laws, urban design guidelines, and other related development standards
  • Safe, functional and orderly development having high standards of design and efficiency of land uses and servicing

The Site Plan Application Process

A BUILDING PERMIT CANNOT BE APPLIED FOR UNTIL FINAL SITE PLAN APPROVAL HAS BEEN GRANTED

Here is a description of the Site Plan Review Process:

  • Applicant pre-consults with the Planning and Development Department to discuss their preliminary site plan (optional)
  • Planning and Development provides feedback on the preliminary site plan and the Applicant makes changes to plans as needed
  • Applicant submits complete Site Plan Application to Planning and Development
  • Planning and Development circulates the complete Site Plan Application to relevant Township departments and outside agencies with a request for comments and conditions
  • Staff and consultants review the application during a Development Review Committee meeting
  • Comments and conditions from the Township Planning and Development Department and outside agencies are received by the Planning Development
  • Comments are communicated to the Applicant
  • If necessary, revised plans are submitted by the Applicant to Planning and Development who re-circulate the plans to all relevant Township departments and outside agencies for review
  • Planning and Development issues Final Site Plan Approval and registers a Site Plan Agreement on title
  • Application can be made for a building permit
  • All site works are completed by Applicant and inspected by Township Staff

Deposit Agreement

A Deposit Agreement is required for each planning application.  To find the appropriate deposit amount, please refer to the Planning Fee Schedule.  The deposit monies are held for payment to external agencies and consultants where necessary.

 Fees

The following has been taken from the Township of Centre Wellington's Fees and Charges By-Law. Please note that these figures and details are supplied as a convenience to you and are subject to change. Before commencing with any projects please verify costs and conditions with the Planning Division.

The following is a list development applications and associated fees:

Planning Application Type

Fee

Part Lot Control Exemption By-law

$1,050.00 – Base Fee

+ $73.00 per unit

Official Plan Amendment

$12,216 *

Zoning By-Law Amendments

  • General Amendment
  • Minor Amendment (Note 1)
  • Major Amendment (Note 2)
  • Temporary Use or Extension Thereof


$6,880 *
$3,061 *
$12,216 *
$1,549 *

Site Plan Control

  • Multiple Residential/Industrial
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Major Site Plan (Note 5)
  • Lot Grading & Drainage Plan


$3,521 *
$7,032 *
$14,632 *
$1,149 *

Amendment to Site Plan & Site Plan Agreements

  • Minor – Less than 50% expansion to gross floor area
  • Major – Greater than 50% expansion to gross floor area


$1,179 *

$1,841 *

Request to Prepare Development Agreement (Note 3)

$1,149 *

Clearance of Draft Approval Conditions

$1,149

Clearance of Severance Conditions

$145

Pre-Consultation Fee

$650 *

Cash-in-lieu of Parkland (Severance Applications)

  • Residential Urban
  • Residential Rural


$3,381
$1,696

Zoning Enquiry Letter

$101

Providing Names for Severance Applications

$51

​Committee of Adjustment

  • Commercial
  • All Other Applications
  • Multiple related Applications


$1035
$1035
$504

* These fees are subject to a deposit. 
Please contact Chantalle Pellizzari at cpellizzari@centrewellington.ca or 519-846-9691 x241 for more information.

 Applications, Licenses and Permits
 

Building and Demolition

Infrastructure Services

Liquor License

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Planning & Zoning Application

Sign Permits
Vendor Licensing - Food Vehicles

Township By-Law 1999-59 is a By-Law for the licensing, regulating and governing of outdoor vendors in the Township of Centre Wellington.

 

Food Vehicle – Food Vehicle License Application

 

A Food Vehicle means a chip wagon, food truck, mobile barbeque facility, refreshment vehicle or refrigerated bicycle cart. No person shall operate or permit the operation of any food vehicle within the Township of Centre Wellington without license to do so. 

 

Vehicle

Fees

Chip Wagon/Food Truck

$250.00 each wagon/truck

Mobile Barbeque

$250.00 each barbeque

Refreshment Vehicle

$100.00 each vehicle

Refrigerated Bicycle Cart

$50.00 each cart

 Vendor Licensing - Transient Traders
Transient Traders – Transient Trader License Application

 

A Transient Trader means any person who offers goods, wares or merchandise for sale in any manner in the Township. No person shall operate as a transient trader within the Township of Centre Wellington without a license to do so.

 

Type

Fees

Transient Trader – Annual

$300.00

Transient Trader – Daily

$25.00

Community Event

$300.00

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