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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: 613-257-6251
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) 257-6251 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) 257-6251.

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 2014

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

Notice of Passing


TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place passed By-law No. 39-2014 on the 29th day of July 2014 under Section 70.2 of The Planning Act. The by-law adopts the Development Permit By-law and replaces Development Permit Bylaw 50-2008.   A key map has not been included since the by-law encompasses all the land within the Town of Carleton Place.

TAKE NOTICE that any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board with respect to the By-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Town of Carleton Place, not later than August 27th , 2014 a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law and the reason in support of the objection.  An appeal must be accompanied by the prescribed fee of $125.00, which may be made in the form of a cheque, payable to the Minister of Finance. 

The purpose of the proposed Development Permit By-law is to implement policies of the Official Plan approved on April 23, 2014. Provisions for development are outlined with the Development Permit By-law’s text and illustrations.

The effect of the Development Permit By-Law will replace the existing Development Permit Bylaw 50-2008 in order to reflect the policies and directions of the new approved Official Plan.  

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board.  A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group.  However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. 

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public boy made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Dated this 7th day of August, 2014 in the Town of Carleton Place 


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


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.