The Planning & Building Services Department is responsible for all land use, policy and development planning activities for the Town.
To view information from Building Services please click here.
Notice to Applicants
On April 14, 2022, Bill 109 received Royal Assent. Bill 109 makes legislative changes to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act. As such, development planning processes are currently under review and may result in changes to process, submission requirements and fees. Check back regularly for updates as they become available.
Planning Service Inquiries
The Planning Department currently has higher than normal volumes of requests and we are experiencing delays. We are working hard to respond to customer requests as quickly as possible.
Please submit your inquiry, including address and relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff will make every effort to provide an initial response to your inquiry within 2 business days. Please note that depending on the complexity of the inquiry, the unique characteristics of the property, and the volume of customer inquiries, a response could take up to 5 business days, or longer. We thank you for your patience as we work to meet all of our customers' needs.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact the Planning Department at 705-526-4275 ext. 2217 or at email@example.com for additional information.
What information is required to be able to issue a Zoning Certificate?
The following information is required in order for Staff to review:
- 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 exempt from requiring a Zoning Certificate, no Planning approvals are required. The following is a list of exemptions from requiring Planning approvals:
- Foundation Repairs (provided no expansion to foundation footprint)
- Solid Fuel Burning Woodstoves and Fireplaces including chimney repairs
- Septic System Tank Replacement/Installation
- Repair to Retaining Walls
- Back Flow Prevention Devices
- Roof Top Solar Panels
- Finishing of Basements unless they are related to Duplexes or Secondary Suites
- Interior Renovations unless they are related to Change of Use
- Fire/Smoke Alarms
- Roof Repairs unless change in size or height
- Window Replacement
- Water Meter Installation
Current Development Projects
Current Development Projects (note that this is not a complete list of applications filed with the Town):
Site Plan ApplicationsZoning By-law Amendment Applications
Past Development Projects
Past Development Projects:
Zoning By-law Amendment Applicaitons
- 743 Midland Point Road
Zoning By-law Amendment Applications
Zoning By-law Amendment Applications
Current/Past Studies & Projects
Guidelines & Reports
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
Bylaw 2016-56 - Community Improvement Plan
Community Improvement Plan - Fillable Application (*External Link to Midland BIA site and Facade Improvement Program HERE)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 $60.03 with a response provided within five to seven days, upon receipt of the form and fee. 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.
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 Fees by-law No. 2022-15.
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 Pre-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. Individuals requiring a Pre-Consultation Form are to contact the Manager of Planning Services by email at email@example.com.
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.
Site Plan Control By-law