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PERHAPS WE CAN ANSWER SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS HERE . . .

 

WHEN ARE BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED?

In general, a building permit is required to construct, erect, install, extend, alter, repair, renovate or remove a building. A building is defined as a structure occupying an area greater than ten (10) square metres (107 square feet). If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, please do not hesitate to contact the Building Section of the Development Services Department. The Building Permit Application can be found here -

 

Building Permit Application and Checklist Information

Septic Permit Application & Chart/Calulations/Proposal Forms.

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF A BUILDING PERMIT?

Please see attached Schedule A - Classes of Permits and Permit Fees.

 

WHAT ARE DEVELOPMENT CHARGES?

Development Charges are fees imposed on new development in a municipality to recover the capital cost of the additional necessary municipal infrastructure to continue to provide existing levels of municipal services. Development Charges are collected at the Building Permit stage by the Town of Bracebridge both for the Town of Bracebridge and the District of Muskoka.

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF DEVELOPMENT CHARGES?

Town of Bracebridge Development Charges Chart

District of Muskoka Development Charges

 

HOW DO I OBTAIN ZONING/SEPTIC/BUILDING INFORMATION FOR A PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE TOWN OF BRACEBRIDGE?

A written request for this information is submitted to the Development Services Department with the appropriate fee. See out List of Fees in the "Applications" section of the Development Services Department on this web site.

 

WHAT IS A COMPLIANCE REPORT AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A COMPLIANCE REPORT?

A compliance report includes information related to the zoning, roads, septic and building information.

 

  If you own the property, the information can be provided to you.

 

  If you are gathering information for a piece of property you are interested in, a written request must be made with the applicable fee.

 

Are you buying or selling a piece of property, have you requested compliance report and/or a septic use permit?

 

 

WHEN IS A REZONING REQUIRED?

The Town of Bracebridge Municipal Zoning By-laws are documents which enable the Town to monitor the use of land, building and structures. It also implements the policies of the Town's Official Plan. There are a variety of "zones" within the Zoning By-laws, which regulate the uses and sets out the required development standards such as frontage, area, height, etc.

 

A Zoning Amendment may be required when a property owner wishes to establish a use which is not already permitted, or make changes to one or more of the devleopment standards in the applicable Zone. Permission to rezone land must be obtained from the Town's Council through a public process.

 

We would suggest that if you have any questions related to your property, and are unsure if you would require a zoning amendment or are unsure of the permitted uses within the zone of your property, to contact our department and we would be happy to explain the zone, permitted uses and requirements to you.

 

The Zoning Amendment application and Cost Acknowledgment Agreement  can be found here or in the "Application" section of the Development Services Department on this web site.  Please also see our timelines  for submission.

 

WHEN IS A SEVERANCE REQUIRED?

The Planning Act requires that a land severance, or consent, be obtained whenever you wish to convey away part of your lands. In the Town of Bracebridge, you must obtain the consent from the Committee of Adjustment through a public process. If you have any questions with respect to severing your property, please visit our office for a full explanation of requirements.

 

Severance Guidelines & Severance Application  & Timelines

 

WHEN IS A MINOR VARIANCE REQUIRED?

The Planning Act requires that a minor variance be obtained whenever you wish to construct, renovate, or alter a building or structure in any way that does not meet the requirements of the Town of Bracebridge's Zoning By-laws. In the Municipality of the Town of Bracebridge, you must receive approval for minor variances from the Town's Committee of Adjustment for Minor Variances through a public process.

 

Minor Variance Application, Procedures and Timelines

 

**Please note: This information that is provided is very general and is not intended to be a full explanation of the questions posed, but to provide a starting point for questions you may have related to your property. Please contact our office for a full explanation of any one of these questions which you require further information.**

 

All Planning Applications are subject to a Cost Recovery Agreement .

OFFICIAL PLAN

An official plan sets out your municipality's general policies for future land use. Zoning by-laws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that doesn't comply with a zoning by-law is not allowed, and the municipality will refuse to issue a building permit

 

Bracebridge Official Plan

The District Municipality of Muskoka approved the new Official Plan for the Town of Bracebridge on October 21, 2013. This revision will implement policies that will direct development in Bracebridge for the future.  Copies are available at theTown of Bracebridge Development Services Department or click here to download a copy.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ZONING BY-LAW

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used;

  • where buildings and other structures can be located;

  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used; and,

  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

 

Bracebridge Zoning By-law

 

The Town of Bracebridge's Comprehensive Zoning By-law was last reviewed in 2006.  Follow the link below to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law and all of the Amendments that Council has approved since that time.

Bracebridge Zoning By-law 2006-120 (including maps)

 

 

PLEASE NOTE - The original version of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law is held at the Municipal Offices and copies are available for purchase.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Development Services Department.

 

Agendas & Minutes

The Committee of Adjustment for Consents consists of five Council members, and is a quasi-judicial Committee, which makes decisions based on information provided to them ar the Public Hearings.  This Committee deals with consent applications.

Our Development Services Committee is made up of five Council members.  This Committee deals with planning applications and various planning matters, with respect to the Municipality of the Town of Bracebridge.

Our Committee of Adjustment for Minor Variance, also a quasi-judicial Committee, consists of three people from the community.  This Committee considers our minor variance application, with their decisions based on four tests of a minor variances: (1) is the application minor in nature, (2) does it meet the intent of the Official Plan, (3) does it meet the intent of the Zoning By-law, and (4) does it fit with the character of the area.

During Public Meetings, we consider zoning applications where a property owner has applied to amend the zoning of their property.  These meetings generally take place prior to Council Meetings.

If you are interested in other Minutes which are not provided here, please contact our department and we would be pleased to forward a copy of those Minutes to you.

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