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Planning Department


The Planning and Development Department is responsible for the orderly development of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial lands within the Town of Carleton Place. The department works with developers, builders and residents who are planning a construction project and guides them through the process required under the Planning Act.

Contact person: Joanna Bowes
Phone number: 613-257-6204
E-mail address:

General Information

When a landowner in Carleton Place is thinking of changing the use of their lot/building, adding a new building or putting on an addition, they should always talk to the Planning Department before going ahead with their plans. The Planning department can tell people what the permitted uses are for the lot, and what the specific setbacks are for the project, as well as other potential design requirements. If the landowner is coming into the Town Hall to speak with Planning staff, they should have a rough sketch or survey of the lot, showing existing buildings as well the proposed additions. This will help staff determine if a Development Permit Application is required. Once the Planning Department staff are satisfied that all the requirements are met, the landowner should speak with the Building Department at (613) 257-6204 or send an email to


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 having regards to social, economic and environmental matters.

Official Plan policies are adopted by Council to define basic goals, objectives and directions for the co-ordinated growth and development of the Town. The Official Plan also contains maps which designate land uses in accordance with written policies. It provides a framework for municipal regulations including the Development Permit By-law and the subdivision of land.

To request a copy of the staff consolidation of the Official Plan (which includes the Development Permit amendment), please email
For additional information, please contact the Planning and Development department at (613) 257-6204.

Development Permit By-law

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 structure 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.

You can download a copy of our Development Permit By-law below. (Please be aware that this is a very large document (~60MB) and therefore will take a very long time (at least 5-10 minutes) to download)

View: Development Permit By-law

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

5 Year Review for the Development Permit By-Law

A public open house will be held on Tuesday April 1, 2014 from 3:00pm-7:00pmin the auditorium, 175 Bridge St and a public meeting will be held on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 7:00pmin the Council Chambers of Town Hall, 175 Bridge St, to consider a proposed 5 year revision to the Development Permit By-Law 50-2008, under Section 70.2 of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990.


The subject lands are described as all the lands within the boundaries of the Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place.  A key map has not been included since the by-law encompasses all the land within the Town of Carleton Place.  The proposed Development Permit By-Law will update the current Development Permit By-law No.50-2008.  A concurrent Official Plan 5 Year Review has been submitted to the County of Lanark for final approval.  This Official Plan designates all lands within the boundaries of the Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place as a Development Permit Area.

The purpose of the proposed update to the Development Permit By-Law 50-2008 is to implement the policies of the Council adopted Official Plan and revise Schedule A accordingly, revise the notice provisions, revise the classes of applications and update the current definitions.  These provisions are outlined within the Development Permit By-law’s text and schedules.  The Development Permit designations are consistent with the designations of the adopted Official Plan of the Town of Carleton Place.

The effect of the updated Development Permit By-law will be to allow for a streamlined approach to development approvals and allows for flexibility within a clearly articulated context.  In addition this by-law will implement the adopted Official Plan policies of the Town of Carleton Place.

Four streams of approval have been developed to provide consistency and transparency and to provide for the ability to increase the level of review and approval controls based on the requested variation of the standards, the scale of the proposed development, the need for securities and the potential for off-site impacts.

Any person may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Development Permit By-Law.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Town of Carleton Place before the By-Law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council to the Town of Carleton Place to the Ontario Municipal Board.

If a person or public body does not make oral submission at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Town of Carleton Place before the By-Law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal of the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Once the Development Permit By-Law is in full force and effect, an appeal to the Municipal Board against a decision on a development permit application may only be made by the owner of the land to which the application relates.

Additional information in relation to the proposed Development Permit By-Law is available for inspection between 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday-Thursday and 8:30am- 4:00pm Friday in the office of the Planning and Development at the Town Hall or by calling (613)257-6204.

If you have any questions about our Development Permit By-law, please contact the Planning Department at (613) 257-6204.

To view a DRAFT copy of the proposed Development Permit Bylaw See Below:


Subdivision Planning and Severance information

The approval authority for subdivisions and severances in the Town of Carleton Place is the County of Lanark. The Carleton Place Planning Department has the application packages, and landowners considering a subdivision or severance application should talk to someone in the Planning Department before they go to the County offices, because the application will not be accepted until a preconsultation has been done.
Town of Carleton Place Servicing Master Plan

The Town of Carleton Place has carried out a study to determine if part or all of certain areas, located beyond the current Municipal boundaries, should be developed on full services in the future. In order for this growth to occur, the Municipality has examined the water distribution system and sewage collection system options (i.e. trunk watermains and trunk sanitary sewers). Follow the link below for further information.

Town of Carleton Place Servicing Master Plan

Highway 7 Development Area Environmental Assessment Study
The Town of Carleton Place initiated the Highway 7 Development Area Study to develop a transportation plan and municipal servicing strategy for the area in their Official Plan located south of Highway 7 and east and west of Highway 15. Within the Study Area, two (2) land use designations are found, Highway Commercial (HC) and Special Study Area (SSA).
This study began as an integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) and Official Plan Ammendment (OPA) process fulfilling the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental and Planning Acts.
Following the second Public Open House, the Town of Carleton Place Council determined that the Official Plan Ammendment (OPA) and further land use planning for the study area would be reviewed at a later date.
This Environmental Study Report (ESR) presents, to the public and review agencies, a description of the EA study process that was undertaken and the corresponding Recommended Plan that was developed as a result of the EA process. This EA was carried out in accordance with the 'Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, 2007' Schedule for a Group "C" project.