Planning and Development

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The Municipal Office is now offering in-person services. Please follow these guidelines when visiting: 

 - Maximum of 2 members of the public will be allowed inside the Municipal Office

  • 1 person per counter (Finance/Corporate Services & Building/Planning Services)
  • 1 person per meeting room

 - Please pre-screen yourself before entering the building

 - Masks and face coverings are mandatory

To ensure availability, please continue to contact the Planning Services at 705-635-2272 and press 2 or visit to book an appointment during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

For further information, please visit  

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

For any inquiries regarding a property in the Township of Lake of Bays please email us. If you are representing the property owner please have a written note stating this.

If you are not the property owner there will be an administrative fee of $100.

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