The Community Services Division has modified various processes in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure business continuity. Planning and Building Permit Applications are still being accepted, however please note the following procedural changes;
All Official Plan, Zoning By-law and Development Applications (Subdivision, Condominium and Site Plan Control), as well as all Industrial, Commercial and Industrial (ICI) Permit applications, must be couriered to City Hall or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In person applications will not be accepted at this time.
All Pre-Application, Consent and Minor Variance applications may be emailed to email@example.com.
All Planning Application forms are available for download at the following website: https://www.sarnia.ca/business-planning-and-development/planning-permits-and-applications-landing-page/
Planning Applications will continue to be processed, statutory public meetings and Committee of Adjustment hearings will take place electronically.
** Please ensure all couriered packages are addressed to either the Planning Department or Building Department.
Please note that as other external department policies may change, this may result in longer review times, however we will be working as effectively as possible to maintain our current service level.
Staff will continue to be working in the office and will continue to respond to emails/calls/concerns and conduct inspections as usual with the exception of the projects mentioned below.
Consent to Sever
The Planning Act grants authority to Sarnia City Council to appoint a Committee of Adjustment to consider consent to sever land.
Minor variances are small changes or exceptions to existing land use or development restrictions contained in the zoning, sign and fence by-laws.
Pre-application discussions are widely acknowledged as being beneficial to the development process; as they ensure both developers and City staff understand the requirements that exist in bringing forward a particular development proposal.
When you divide a piece of land into two or more parcels in order to sell one or more, you are subdividing property and the provisions of the Planning Act come into play. Generally, to subdivide land into 5 or more parcels/lots, you need approval of a plan of subdivision from City Council.
Telecommunication Tower Protocol
The purpose of this protocol is to provide guidelines concerning the siting of Federally licensed towers and antennas within the City of Sarnia.