Planning and Development Services

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If you're looking to develop or make a change to your property, the City of Peterborough provides services related to the required application processes and regulations on aspects such as:

We take a multi-disciplinary approach involving planners, engineers, building inspectors, urban designers, landscape architects and other stakeholders, depending on the application.

Public Meetings

As City Hall is currently closed to the public, the General Committee of Council will be holding public meetings electronically through the City’s website for applications under Sections 17, 34, and 51 of the Planning Act.  

Any person may observe public meetings by livestreaming the General Committee meeting.

Any person may make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to an application as follows:

a) Register as a delegate to speak at the Public Meeting. Delegations must register by 11 a.m. on the day of the meeting by completing the Request for Delegation or by phone, 705-742-7777 ext. 1820 (please quote the file number). Due to the nature of the meeting, unregistered delegations are not permitted.

b) Written submissions must be received by 11 a.m. the day of the meeting either by mail, by dropping off to the City drop box located outside the main entrance to City Hall, 500 George Street North, or by e-mail (please quote the file number).

For more information about how to watch or participate in a public meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Department at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820. 

Be advised that under the Planning Act, all information and material submitted regarding planning applications is public information and, as such, will be made available to the public. The minutes of public meetings and public hearings are also part of the public record. Anyone who attends a public meeting and enters their name on the attendance list or speaks publicly at the meeting understands that their name, address (if provided), comments, and any document that they distribute will be collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public.

October 12, 2021

The General Committee will hold a Public Meeting electronically through the City’s website, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 for the following application:

File Numbers: O1907 and Z1920
Affected Lands: 1045-1063 Armour Road and 941, 949, and 957 Ashdale Crescent

File Number: Z2008
Affected Lands: 1107 Clonsilla Avenue

Further details can be found on the Notice of Public Meeting

November 1, 2021

The Council of the City of Peterborough sitting as General Committee will hold a Public Meeting electronically through the City's website at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021 to consider a staff recommendation to adopt the Draft Official Plan.

Further details can be found on the Notice of Public Meeting

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment reviews consent, minor variance and permission requests under the Planning Act.

Official Plan

The Official Plan is the City's key planning document that guides the long-term growth and development of the City. It describes the goals, objectives and policies which guide our land use decisions.


A pre-consultation meeting with City Staff is required prior to the submission of a development application for:

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment
  • Site-Plan
  • Plan of Subdivision
  • Plan of Condominium.


Peterborough's Zoning By-law establishes and regulates the use of land by implementing the policies of our Official Plan. If you're looking for information on the types of uses allowed on a specific property, building height regulations, development density, or parking, you'll want to look at the Zoning By-law. Visit our zoning page to learn how to find the zoning information for a property and to find links to the amendment application form.


There are four ways that you can divide a large property into smaller properties or divide the ownership of a property or building into multiple ownerships: plan of subdivision; plan of condominium; part lot control exemption; and severance consent. Visit our subdivisions page to learn about this process and to find links to the application forms.

Engineering design standards

The Engineering and Construction Standards for the City of Peterborough are specifications and requirements that are used for the design of works within the City on municipally-owned road allowances, municipally-owned property, and municipally-owned infrastructure on easements as well as projects subject to municipal approval or contributing to the municipal system. The information provides guidance beyond legislative and standard design practices for use in the City.

For any inquiries about the Engineering and Construction Standards, please contact Water Resources and Development Engineer Joe Burke.

Development Approvals Review Findings Report

In April 2021, the City retained Performance Concepts Consulting and Dillon Consulting (the “Consultant”), to undertake a comprehensive review of the Development Approval Process, co-ordinated by the Planning Division, to identify and examine opportunities for improvements. The objective is to develop more efficient and consistent processes and improve service delivery, both internally and externally.

The Development Approval Process review was funded by the Provincial Government through the Audit and Accountability Fund Grant Program.  The intent of the Audit and Accountability Fund Grant Program is to support Ontario municipalities that are committed to identifying and implementing service delivery efficiencies.  The program requires an impartial and objective third-party review to identify efficiencies. The third party Development Approvals Process Report can be downloaded and viewed below along with appendix.

Development Approvals Process Review Report 

Technical Appendix A: City of Branford - Delegation Report