With closure of the municipal offices due to COVID-19, the Municipality will not be accepting new Planning, Building, Sign Permit and Zoning intake applications, reviews and issuance at this time. The 2020 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Grant and Loan Funding intake applications, review or issuance are also suspended at this time. The municipal Zoning By-law and Ontario Building Code continue to apply to regulate land use and development activities.

Planning Services

Planning inquires and information requests will continue to be responded to by staff working remotely, though some limitations and delay may apply. Such requests can be directed to planning@meaford.ca.

Public meetings scheduled prior to April 14th, 2020 for ongoing Planning Act applications and the 2020 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) update have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled following a return to usual operations. At the moment the following Public Meetings scheduled for April 14th and May 19th remain scheduled:

April 14th

May 19th

Public comments may be submitted via email or regular mail during the closure and will be considered by Staff and Council prior to future decisions on these applications.

Work Continuity

Understanding that other agencies and private sector professionals may be continuing to work from home over this period, Planning Staff will make an effort to monitor and respond to emails during the closure, with a particular focus on matters relating to ongoing applications or those in active pre-submission consultation. ­

For property and real estate inquiries, Staff would highlight that the Municipal Official Plan and Zoning By-law are available on our website. Section 2 of the Preamble to the Zoning By-law includes a step-by-step description of how to use the by-law to determine site zoning and permissions. 

Building Services

Building inquires and information requests will continue to be responded to by staff working remotely, though some limitations and delay may apply. Such requests can be directed to building@meaford.ca.

Building Officials will continue to preform emergency building inspections, as well as progress and occupancy inspections on existing active building permits, subject to those conditions/limitations necessary for health & safety purposes regarding COVID-19. Inspections will not generally be carried out within occupied dwellings. Should builders reach or anticipate their next inspection milestone over the advertised office closure period, Staff ask that they please email building@meaford.ca with an inspection request, noting the stage of construction/inspection type and property address, as well as the best means of contact (e.g. email, phone number). This listing will assist us in scheduling meetings and inspections upon return to usual operations.

Inquiries received through the departmental email will be addressed to the extent possible, though the public should anticipate a delay in our usual response time. We would ask that before contacting Staff, the public please review the Building Services page on our website which includes a listing of the types of projects requiring building permits, as well as permit, process and fee information.

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Planning Services
21 Trowbridge Street, Meaford
Ontario, Canada N4L 1A1
T.: 519-538-1060 ext. 1119
planning@meaford.ca
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