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Land Use Planning and Development


Planning involves the application and implementation of the Official Plan and Zoning in accordance with land use planning in the Township of Black River-Matheson.

It also involves the responsibilities associated with the Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment approval process and evaluation of applications through a Planning Advisory Committee.

For more information please contact the Municipal Office at 705-273-2313

5 Year Accessibility Plan

Energy Plan

2015 Energy Consumption Report

Final Draft Zoning By-Law May 2017

Official Plan 2017


The Ontario Building Code (OBC) is a regulation made under the Building Code Act (BCA). The OBC sets out technical requirements for the construction (including renovations) and demolition of buildings, the change of use of existing buildings and the maintenance and operation of on-site sewage systems.

A building permit is a license issued under the BCA which grants legal permission to construct or demolish a building (also includes renovations).

A building permit ensures the requirements under the BCA, the OBC, Municipal By-laws and any other applicable laws pertaining to the project are met. It is illegal to start work without a permit. It also ensures that the Municipal Zoning requirements, fire and structural safety standards and other building standards are being met.

Permits are required for new construction, additions, renovations, alterations, relocations, demolitions and repairs of buildings or structures over 10m2 (108 sq. ft.). Minor repairs may not require a permit.


Residential Permits

Construction - $55.00 first $1000.00 and $9.00 for every $1000.00 after
Demolition - $50.00 or $15.00 with Construction Permit

Commercial Permits

Construction - $80.00 first $1000.00 and $10.00 for every $1000.00 after
Demolition - $80.00 or $30.00 with Construction Permit
Swimming Pool - $60.00


Forms & guides

Construction/Demolition Permit Application
Application for Consent
Amendment to By-law Zoning
Applying for Consent - Application Guideline

The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre's role is to help people understand and navigate the land use planning and appeal process. People with a question about the land use planning process or an appeal can get in touch with the centre using the contact information.

Minor Variance

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