Building Development

Our Development Review team is continuing to process applications. If you have any questions, reach out to the Planner assigned to your file and all general inquiries can be directed to Planning.

Pre-consultation Meetings

Regularly scheduled pre-consultation meetings will continue to be held via teleconference or videoconference. Please contact the Town’s Planning Administrator to schedule a meeting. You must provide a description of your proposal, along with concept plans, two weeks prior to the meeting so that it can be circulated to internal and external agencies for review and comment.

Electronic Submissions

The Town of Milton is currently accepting electronic submissions of applications for Zoning By-law Amendments, Official Plan Amendments, Draft Plans of Subdivision, Draft Plans of Condominium, Minor Variances, Consents, Site Plan Approvals and Exemptions from Part Lot Control. Please ensure that submissions are complete and include all required information as identified in your formal pre-consultation form, including the signed copy of your pre-consultation form. If paper files are to be dropped off, email the Town’s Planning Administrator to make arrangements.

Protocol for electronic submissions:

  1. Email the Town’s Planning Administrator to inform us that you intend to submit an application and/or resubmission.
  2. The Planning Administrator will send you a link to upload the files.
  3. All electronic files, including application forms, reports and drawings must be:
    • In PDF format (PDF version of the original document, not a photocopy of a PDF)
    • AODA compliant
    • Uncompressed (no zipped files, no folders and writable)
    • Labelled properly (Planning Justification Report, Transportation Impact Study, Draft Plan of Subdivision, etc.)
    • Once received, the Planning Administrator will confirm receipt of upload and provide you with information regarding payment of fees.

Fee Payments

Payments can continue to be made by cheque and can be deposited in the Town’s drop box, located at the King Street entrance of Town Hall, in an envelope clearly marked for the Planning Administrator with the development application referenced.  Please contact the Town’s Planning Administrator who can provide direction on how to make a payment and can make the appropriate arrangements.

Please note that the Town will not process any development applications without the applicable review fees. Any Region of Halton or Conservation Halton fees applicable with your application must now be paid directly to the Region or Conservation Authority, and confirmation that the applicable fees have been paid is required prior to the processing of any applications.

Public Meetings and Committee of Adjustment Meetings

At this time, we are unable to move forward with statutory public meetings or Committee of Adjustment & Consent meetings, but are investigating options with the Province in order to potentially do so.

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)

The Government of Ontario’s Emergency Order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act retroactive to March 16, 2020, will affect proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. 

Starting April 6, 2020, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) will schedule settlement hearings through teleconference or written submissions, on a case-by-case basis. Parties interested in settlement hearings must submit a Settlement Request Form demonstrating that there would be no prejudice to any other party if LPAT were to proceed by teleconference or written submissions.

For more information, please email Deputy Registrar, Evelyn Dawes.

Timing

Please bear with us as we navigate through this unprecedented time and we adjust our way of doing business.  We will provide the best service that we can during these uncertain times.  Staff will keep the lines of communication open and will inform you on the status of our review and your application. We will also keep you up to date if there are any changes on when our office will re-open to the public.

Note:  These processes are subject to change as more protocols are developed.

Building Permits and Inspections

Building Permits

The Town understands that applicants may have experienced delays completing their process prior to April 1 indexing. As such, the Town will offer agreements under Section 27 of the Development Charges Act to provide relief from indexing for those permits approved and issued prior to May 29, 2020. Please contact our Development Finance Division for further details.

Building permit applications that were submitted prior to the public access closure of Town Hall continue to be reviewed.

New permit applications, including any additional forms, can be submitted digitally in PDF format to our building permit email. Applicants will receive an email notifying them of their application’s acceptance or outlining the reasons why the application was not accepted. If accepted, an invoice will be attached to the email, outlining the calculated building permits fees. Prior to permit issuance, fees are payable by cheque to ‘Town of Milton.’

Building Inspections

Inspections will be conducted independently by the Town’s Building Official. Building Officials will use their best judgment to evaluate any potential concerns. Building Officials may wear a reusable non-medical mask during the visit and disposable gloves if required to interact with high-touch surfaces. 

A minimum physical distance of two metres must by maintained between inspectors and site superintendents, contractors and occupants. If a physical distance of two metres metres is not maintained, the Building Official will provide a verbal warning. If not followed a second time, the Building Official will advise that the inspection is over (not passed). A re-inspection may occur at least two business days later.

If you have any questions about building inspections during this time, please contact the Manager, Building Inspections through email.

For occupied projects (renovations, basement finishes, secondary suites, etc.), the occupant/contractor must:

  • Answer screening questions
  • Provide clear access through a separate entry, where possible
  • Turn off furnace/mechanical system one hour prior to arrival
  • Open windows to allow fresh air circulation one hour prior to arrival
  • Open all doors, access panels and cupboards and ensure all lights are on
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres from the Building Official at all times

 

Economic Development

Economic Development remains operational to continue to provide information to support the business community during these challenging times. For information about our COVID-19 Business Support Plan, read the full news release.

Businesses and non-profit organizations that are seeing a drop of at least 30 per cent in revenue due to COVID-19 will qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The subsidy will cover 75 per cent of a salary up to $58,000. For more about the subsidy program, visit the Government of Canada’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit the Government of Canada’s Resources for Businesses webpage.