Planning and Development

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Planning Services is responsible for the review and approval process for changes to land use within the Township of Lake of Bays. Land use in the Township is guided by the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law.

Planning services

This department is responsible for the following areas:

Development Review

  • processing, reviewing and formulating recommendations on development applications
  • providing consultation to owners/consultants respecting development potential and the associated process


  • maintenance, review and update of the Official Plan
  • interpreting Official Plan policies
  • reviewing and commenting on policy initiatives of other government agencies or organizations

Planning Administration

  • mapping and technical services
  • clerical services
  • budget preparation
  • Zoning By-law maintenance and administration

Planning Fees

Planning applications

Before submitting a Planning Application, we strongly encourage you to contact Planning Services to receive information which could save you time as you proceed through the review process.

Applications for Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Development Permit Applications, Consents, Minor Variance are found on our Applications, Licences and Permits page.

Planning notices

Applications are heard by the Committee of Adjustment and Planning Council. Regular public hearings are held to consider planning applications.

To view upcoming public meetings, proposed amendments and notices see our Planning Notices page.

General inquires

Due to an overwhelming increase in inquiries and application submissions, in order to prioritize the increased workload and maintain compliance with legislated timeframes, and as per Council’s direction, Building and Planning staff will only respond to zoning inquiries from a legal owner of the property.

As it pertains to general development inquiries, we ask that you please consult the Township’s by-law documents and mapping, which contains an extensive amount of information and may assist with your inquiry.

Development Permit By-law 04-180

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 04-181

Community Planning Permit By-law 2021-111


If you are a legal owner of a property, please email planning or building with your inquiries. For all inquiries, staff require the property roll number and/or address, a detailed (to scale) site plan of existing and proposed development, as well as details of your proposal. Staff will respond to submitted inquiries within 4-5 weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

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