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Building Services is responsible for the regulation and enforcement of the Ontario Building Code. Through the building p​ermit application and inspection process, Building Services ensures that all building projects meet the minimum standards as set out in the Ontario Building Code as well as any applicable by-law of the Town of Midland and other applicable regulating bodies.

When thinking about any kind of construction or demolition work, it is essential to understand the process and requirements before beginning. Most construction projects, large or small, require that the property owner apply for and obtain a building permit.  Within this section you will find information on the most commonly asked questions and assistance with determining whether your project requires a building permit.

Please feel free to contact Building Services with any questions you may have.  We are here to help you through the building process.

Building Regulations:
By-law 2018-49 - Building Permit Fees & ​Administrative Charges

Building Contacts

​Building Inspection Request Line: 705-526-4275 Ext. 2248

Chief Building Official: Ext. 2222

Building Inspector: Ext. 2220

Building Assistant: Ext. 2252

 Annual Building Department Financial Reports

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 Planning First

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact the Planning Department at 705-526-4275 ext. 2217 or at planning@midland.ca or additional information including an application for a Zoning Certificate can be found here:

Application for Zoning Certificate

"Planning First" FAQ

What is required as part of the submission for an Application for Zoning Certificate?

The following information is required in order for Staff to review the application:

  • Complete Application for Zoning Certificate.
  • Site Survey (from a Ontario Land Survey) or a Sketch of the property (see Example Sketch)
  • Construction drawings including:  interior and exterior building changes and building elevations

If the proposed construction is listed as being exempt from a Zoning Certificate, the applicant is required to identify the work on the application.  Planning and Building staff will sign and date the application as being exempt and return the application to the applicant for inclusion as part of the Building Permit application.

What is 'Planning First'?

The philosophy of 'Planning First' speaks to the need to work with customers to ensure that they have the required planning approvals in place before submitting their application for a building permit. With 'Planning First', Planning staff are the first contact for counter or phone inquiries, which ensure that projects can be reviewed for compliance with various planning documents prior to the submission of a "complete" building permit application. The purpose is to ensure that customer service is improved for contractors and residents in the Town, by providing them with guidance regarding items they need to provide and meet with respect of the Town's Zoning By-law, and any other planning related regulations and policies. 

Resources

Land Use Planning Guide for Businesses

Citizens' Guides to Land Use Planning

Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit - Healthy Community Design

TwitterFollow us on Twitter for notices of planning applications, public meetings and more!​

​​​Building Permit Applications and Guidelines

To simplify the building permit process and help applicants submit a complete permit application the most common forms required at the time of permit submission are provided below.

 Notice to Applicants

Please be advised...

​Please be advised that a Building Permit application in not considered complete until a Zoning Certificate has been issued and all other required information is submitted to the Town.  This includes, but is not limited to, drawings to scale, site/plot plan, entrance permits, and other related permits and approvals.

Until such time as a Building Permit application is considered complete, the target processing times as set out in the Ontario Building Code and as listed below, do not commence.​

Application Processing Times

​Residential (houses):  10 working days

Small Buildings:  15 working days

Large Buildings:  20 working days

Complex Buildings:  30 working days

 Septic System Maintenance Inspection Program

What is this program?

​​The Town of Midland has initiated a Septic System Maintenance Inspection Program (SSMIP). The goal of this program is to encourage regular maintenance of septic systems, through mandatory inspections. If unmaintained, septic systems can become a threat to public health and the environment. Regular maintenance can assist in ensuring that systems work efficiently and safely, protecting the natural environment.

Links

 Planning & Building Links

Community Improvement Plans

The Town of Midland has a Community Improvement Project Area and a Community Improvement Plan for the Downtown pursuant to Section 28 of the Planning Act.  The formal process of formulating the Plan commenced in 2003 with the approval of the Town of Midland Official Plan, advanced significantly with the completion and adoption by Council of the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan in 2015, and has culminated in 2016 with the adoption of this Plan by Council by By-law 2016-56 on August 22, 2016.

The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) includes a set of goals and objectives that are consistent with the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan and a set of revitalization initiatives in accordance with Section 28 of the Planning Act.

The Downtown Community Improvement Plan applies to the lands within the Community Improvement Project Area as described in the Plan and By-law 2016-56.  The Project Area corresponds with the limits of the Downtown District as described in the Town of Midland Official Plan and as described in the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan.

Two incentive programs for property owners in the Downtown already exist. One is the Town policy to waive Development Charges on new commercial and residential developments in Downtown.  The second is the Façade Program administered and funded by the BIA, which offers grants to cover 50% of the cost of exterior façade improvements, such as repainting, restoration, window and sign replacements, up to a maximum grant of $3,000.  Both of these programs will be continued. 

Revitalization efforts will be focused on encouraging the development and redevelopment of privately held lands in the Downtown.  This Plan will implement a comprehensive package of the following three component programs to stimulate investment in buildings that require improvements to meet current building code requirements, or require improvement in their façade or business entrance for appearance or accessibility requirements.

This CIP provides three (3) programs to offset the costs of site improvements and development in the Downtown:

1.  Façade Improvement Grant Program
2.  Building Renovation Grant Program
3. Application Fees Grant Program

Notice of Adoption CIP Aug 25

CIP Document and Bylaw 2016-​56

Facade Improvement Grant Program - Fillable Application via Downtown Midland BIA  (*External Link to Midland BIA site and Facade Improvement Program HERE)

FAQ's - COMING SOON!​

Maps

The Town has the capability to print in colour and copy in black and white large format plans and mapping products. The cost for prints is based on the number of pages, page size and colour use. Site-specific area maps may also be created upon request at an additional cost. 

The Town has the a variety of large-sized maps available for purchase including: Official Plan Maps, Zoning Map, Street Name Map, Historical Town Boundary Map identifying amalgamations, Assessment Maps, Ward and Poll Maps, Municipal Park Location Map and more. Several letter-sized maps, such as Tourist Information and Recreational Trail Maps, are available at the NSSRC, VIC and Town Hall for free.

The County of Simcoe may also be contacted to obtain the Town's 911 maps. Or visit https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/it/gis for interactive maps and aerial photos.

The Municipality does not provide digital copies of maps with the exception of those that are available on this website.​

Please contact Zachary Fleras at zfleras@midland.ca or call (705) 526-4275 ext. 2242 for more information

Municipal Record Search

If you require information on a property in Town regarding information related to the Planning, Building and Fire Departments, you will be required to submit a Municipal Record Search Form. Typically, these forms are requested by solicitors performing a property transfer or placing a mortgage. Please fill out the top portion of the form as complete as possible and return it along with the accompanying fee(s) to the Planning Department. If a survey is included ensure that it is to scale.

The Municipal Record Search Fee is $50.00 with a response provided within five to seven days, upon receipt of the form and fee. A rush search request is $100.00 and provides a response time within 48 hours.  If a survey is resubmitted after being returned with comments that it is not to scale or illegible, or if a survey is submitted after the Municipal Record Search Form, a fee of $25.00 will be charged.

Other municipal search options that are available include:

Subdivision Clearance Form and Site Plan Clearance a fee of $50.00 each, and Septic Search, a fee of $25.00. To receive a rush response within 48 hours, the fee doubles to $100.00 and $50.00 respectively.​

Planning Applications

The Planning and Building Services Department is responsible for the processing and management of all development applications, including but not limited to Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Site Plan Control Approval, Plans of Subdivision, Plans of Condominium, Provisional Consent and Minor Variances. A complete listing of application fees is set out in the Composite Fee By-law 2019-85​​. Please see the Notice about fees posted below.​

Notice of Updated Planning Application Fees


On June 24, 2013, Council passed Official Plan Amendment 3 which establishes a mandatory Consultation Meeting with Town Staff for applications for a Plan of Subdivision, Plan of Condominium, Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law ​​Amendment, Provisional Consent and/or Site Plan Approval.  Applicants are also encouraged to consult with the Town for all other applications.  For those applications with a mandatory Consultation Meeting, a
completed Consultation Form​ will be required as part of a complete application.  This form should be downloaded, and the relevant sections filled out, prior to the Consultation Meeting.

Application Forms:

Minor Variance
Printa​ble PDF
Fillable PDF
Official Plan AmendmentPrintable PDF
Fillable PD​F
​Plan of Subdivision-CondoPrintab​​le PDF
Fillable PDF
​Provisional Consent
Printable PDF
Fillable PDF
Sign Variance/Sign By-law AmendmentPrintable PDF
Fillable PDF​​
Site Plan ApprovalPrintable PDF
Fillable PDF​
Source Protection Plan Pre-Application ScreeningSource Protection Plan Pre-Application Screening Form
​​Zoning By-law Amendment
Printable PDF 
Fillable PDF
Zoning Certificate
​​Fillable PDF​


Notice Signs

On January 28, 2013, the Town of Midland resolved to require applicants to install approved Notice Signs for the following applications: Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Draft Plan of Subdivision and Draft Plan of Condominium. Please click here for the Notice Signs: Procedures and Protocols.​

Sign By-law

Site Plan Control By-law