Planning and Development

You have to make plans before you build. The Zoning By-law and the Official Plan control planning functions. The Ontario Planning Act and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan also help control land use. A pre-consultation meeting may be set up by contacting the Planning Co-ordinator.

The Township of Hamilton's Planning Department and Building Department services include the processing of Planning Application Forms, Site Plan approvals and Building Permits.

Please refer to our Applicant's Guide for more information.

Notices of Public Meetings

There are no current Notices of Public Meetings. 

Notices of Adoption

The following Amendments have been adopted by the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Hamilton.

 Notice of Adoption of an Official Plan Amendment (OPA #11)

Take Notice that the Municipal Council of the Corporation of the Township of Hamilton passed By-law No. 2021-30 (being adoption of Official Plan Amendment #11) on the 18th day of May, 2021 under Section 17 and Section 21 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended.

The purpose of Official Plan Amendment #11 is to revise certain policies in the Township of Hamilton Official Plan to remove the requirement for a Secondary Plan for new residential development occurring by Plan of Subdivision within the Baltimore Settlement Area and to allow development to occur via full private services.

Official Plan Amendment #11 requires approval from Northumberland County. Any person or public body will be entitled to receive notice of the decision from Northumberland County if a written request to be notified of the decision (including the person’s or public body’s address, fax number or email address) is made to Dwayne Campbell, Manager of Planning at:

Northumberland County
555 Courthouse Road
Cobourg, Ontario KYA 5J6
Email: campbelld@northumberland.ca

For additional information and the Official Notice of Adoption for OPA #11, click here

Notices of Decision

Notice of Decision: Official Plan Amendment #11

Take Notice that the Council of the County of Northumberland, as the approval authority, made a decision on July 21, 2021 to approve Amendment No. 11 to the Hamilton Township Official Plan, as adopted by Council of the Township of Hamilton on May 18, 2021, under Subsection 17(34) of the Planning Act.

Purpose of the Official Plan Amendment: The purpose of Amendment No. 11 is to change certain policies within the Hamilton Township Official Plan to allow additional water-supply servicing options within the Baltimore Settlement Area.

When And How To Submit A Notice of Appeal: Any notice of appeal of all or part of this decision on Amendment No. 11 to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal must be received by the Clerk for the County of Northumberland no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 12, 2021.

The notice of appeal should be addressed to the Clerk, County of Northumberland, at the address shown below, and must;

  1. set out the specific part or parts of the amendment to which the appeal applies unless the notice applies to the entire amendment;
  2. set out the reasons for the appeal; and
  3. be accompanied by a certified cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance, in the amount of $1,100 for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal fee.

Mailing Address For Notices of Appeal:

Nancy MacDonald, Clerk
County of Northumberland
555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg, Ontario
K9A 5J6

Who Can Submit A Notice of Appeal: Only individuals, corporations or public bodies defined in the Planning Act may appeal a decision of the approval authority to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. 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 plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to Council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

For Further Information: Information about Amendment No. 11 and the decision is available by contacting the County of Northumberland Land Use Planning Office. Please contact Dwayne Campbell, Manager of Land Use Planning, at (905) 372-3329 extension 2408 if you have any questions. 

Notice of Decision: Extension of Interim Control By-law 2020-41

Take Notice that the Council for the Corporation of the Township of Hamilton passed an amendment to Interim Control By-law 2020-41 on the 20th day July, 2021 under Section 38 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended, through By-law 2021-38.

Interim Control By-law 2020-41 has been extended for a period of one (1) year and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. July 21, 2022 or repealed by Council at an earlier date. Council has the authority to extend the by-law until July 21, 2022 and no later, being two years from the passage of the original by-law.

Purpose and Effect of By-law 2021-38

The purpose of Interim Control By-law 2021-38 is to extend the period of time to undertake a review of the Township’s land use planning policies and regulations pertaining to cannabis production facilities and cannabis related uses. The review will identify and asses options to regulate the placement of cannabis production facilities and cannabis related uses through zoning considerations as well as to identify and assess site plan control guidelines for such uses.

This by-law applies to all properties within the municipal boundary of the Corporation of the Township of Hamilton.

Appeal Information

The last day for filing a notice of appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal is no later that 4:30 p.m. on August 18, 2021. A Notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law, the reasons in support of the objection and the fee required by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal must be filed with the Clerk of the Corporation of the Township of Hamilton.

Only individuals, corporations and public  bodies may appeal an interim control by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. 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.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the by-law or proposed amendments to the zoning by-law and site plan control guidelines, contact the Municipal Clerk at 905-342-2810 ext 110.

Planning Application Forms

Minor Variance

Use our Minor Variance Application if you need to make small changes to zoning requirements. It applies when there is a need for a building to exceed height or size requirements, or to be closer to a property line.

Consent to Sever

Use our Consent Application if you need to modify a single lot. A consent application, or severance, may create a new lot, make an addition to an existing lot, or create a right to use part of a lot.

Zoning By-law Amendment

Use our Zoning By-law Amendment Application to apply for site-specific changes to your property's zoning.

Official Plan Amendment

Use our Official Plan Amendment Application to apply for changes to the Official Plan.

Plan of Subdivision

Use our Subdivision Application if you would like to apply for the creation of lots on a larger piece of property. Council and citizens can consider the need for your development, the status of water, sanitary systems, roads as well as environmental factors and features.

Northumberland County Council is the Subdivision Approval Authority; they too have an application process. Please contact the County Planning Department for information on the requirements of Subdivision Approval at the County level.

Extraordinary Expense Agreement

Some applications require that the applicant enter an Extraordinary Expense Agreement with the Township. Contact us to book an appointment to discuss the requirements.

Site Plan Agreement

A site plan ensures that development proceeds as approved and to minimize impacts. It is a detailed plan of development that shows the location of buildings, services, driveways, walkways, parking, landscaping and how these relate to surrounding uses. Contact us to book an appointment to discuss the requirements of your site plan.

Fees and Charges Schedule 

Fees and Charges are available here.

Other Governing Documents

Ontario Planning Act

Provincial Policy Statement

Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Greenbelt Plan

Northumberland County Official Plan

Communication Tower Protocol

 Building Permit

Other Contacts:

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
T 905-885-8173

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Kingston)
T 613-545-2120
Toll Free 1-800-267-9438