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Development Services - Planning 

All development in Carleton Place is directed by two documents; the Official Plan and the Development Permit By-law. The Town recommends that you discuss any development or construction with the planning department before commencing work.

County of Lanark

The County of Lanark has the authority to approve consents (severances), plans of subdivision and condominium, condominium exemptions, part-lot control by-laws, local Official Plan Amendments and local Official Plan 5-Year Reviews.  

The Official Plan 

The Official Plan is the Town's land use planning and policy document. Its general purpose is to establish land use designations and policies for the physical development and redevelopment of the Town. Official Plan policies are adopted by Council to define basic goals, objectives and directions for the coordinated growth and development of the Town. It provides a framework for municipal regulations including the Development Permit By-law and the subdivision of land.

The Development Permit Bylaw

The Town of Carleton Place uses a Development Permit By-law in place of a Zoning By-law, Site Plan By-law and Minor Variance. 
permit infographic

All development that takes place in the Town is required to conform to the Town’s Development Permit By-law. This document controls the use of land in the community by defining how land may be used, where buildings and structures can be located, what types of buildings and structures are permitted and how they can be used. In addition, the Development Permit By-law regulates such things as lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street. The Town is divided into different land use designations, representing residential, commercial, industrial and other land uses. The Development Permit By-law also includes design criteria that is geared towards protecting and enhancing the existing beauty of our town.


No building permit will be issued for construction that is not in conformity with the Town’s Development Permit By-law.

Current Applications

Image of Map that links to page for current development applicationsYou are invited to submit your comments regarding proposed developments, when available. Your comments will be reviewed by the Planning Department and the applicant. Comments are due 15 days after the development proposal has been posted. 

The applicant is required to consider all received comments and submit adjustments, if any, along with all other required supporting documents or technical studies prior to the application being deemed complete. Status updates are available online when received. If you require further information this can be obtained at the Planning Department of the Town of

Carleton Place at 175 Bridge Street. 

(Properties that have applications within the commenting period are highlighted in red)

Comments can be provided at this link.  PLEASE NOTE: Comments made by letter, email or through the website commenting page, including the name and address of the commenting party, will be shared with Town staff,  Council, the developer, the applicant, the property owner and are part of public record.

Current Planning Applications:

DP3-08-2019 - An application for a Class III Development Permit has been received for vacant lands located at the end of Costello Drive, locally known as 29 Costello Drive. The property is designated Employment District - Health Campus in the Development Permit By-law. The applicant proposes to construct a 7,000 square metre, two storey, 128 bed long term care facility.  Comments can be made at this link until August 21, 2019.


DP3-05-2019 -  An application for a Class III Development Permit has been received for vacant lands located at the end of Costello Drive.  The property is designated Employment District - Health Campus in the Development Permit By-law.  The intent of the application is to add a site specific permitted use of an Aging in Place Retirement Community.   This application was removed from the June 3rd Committee of the Whole agenda and will be before the Committee of the Whole on August 13, 2019 instead. THE COMMENTING PERIOD HAS ENDED FOR THIS APPLICATION.   SIGN NOTICE    THIS APPLICATION WAS DENIED AT THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING ON AUGUST 13, 2019.    NOTICE OF DECISION




Submitting an Application

A pre-consultation with the Planning Department is required prior to submitting an application. 
An Official Plan Amendment is an application process whereby policies or land use designations within the Town's Official Plan can be changed.  A Development Permit Amendment is an application process whereby policies or land use designations within the Town's Development Permit By-Law can be changed.
All development in Carleton Place requires approval. To get a development permit agreement an application must be submitted. Four streams of approval have been developed, with specific classes used for different types of development. The Planning Department will determine what class the permit falls under at the pre-consultation meeting.
The following applications can be downloaded and filed electronically or paper copies are available at the Town Hall. Please submit completed applications to the Planning Department for review.  Please refer to the contact list at the top of this page.

Fillable Development Permit Applications


Accessible Development Permit Applications

 Application Type  Description  Application  Link


A subdivision or condominium is a process through which a parcel or parcels of land are divided into lots or blocks. The County of Lanark is the approval authority for subdivision plans. To access the application please click the link to the Lanark County page.

 Lanark County application page 

Part Lot Control

Part Lot Control is a means of severing land within a registered subdivision. The approval authority for removing part lot control is Lanark County. To access the application please click the link to the Lanark County page.

 Lanark County application page


A Severance is a process through which an existing parcel of land is divided into two or more parcels of land (with a maximum of 4 lots, 1 retained, 3 severed)

Lanark County application page

Fees Schedule 

There are fees associated with all development in Carleton Place. Please see the Fee Schedule link below for Development Permit Agreement fees.  Fees associated to building development and sewer and water can be found on the Development Services-Building page.