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

The City of Peterborough's General Committee of Council will be hold public meetings in the Council Chambers for the following applications under Sections 17, 34, and 51 of the Planning Act.  

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

Any person wishing to observe the Public Meeting in person must register with the City Clerk no later than 11:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting by phone. To inquire about observing the meeting and to determine availability of seating please call 705-742-7777 ext. 1820.

Additionally, any person may make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the application as follows:

a) Register as a delegate to speak at the Public Meeting. Delegations must register by 11:00 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). 

b) Written submissions must be received by 11:00 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).
Delegations must register due to limited seating availability in the Council Chamber.

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 19, 2020

The General Committee will hold a public meeting in the Council Chambers, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020 for the following applications:

1. Files: O1704, Z1713SB, 15T-17503
Affected Lands: 0 Fairbairn Street, Part of 851 Lily Lake Road

2. Files: O2003, Z2004
Affected Lands: 265 Edinburgh Street

Further details can be found on the Notice of Public Meeting

November 9, 2020

The General Committee will hold a public meeting in the Council Chambers, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020 for the following applications:

1. File: Z2005
Affected Lands: 520-540 Brealey Drive

2. File: Z2009
Affected Lands: 793 Crawford Drive

3. Files: O2001, Z2006
Affected Lands: 385 George Street North

4. File: Z1916
Affected Lands: 109-127 Hunter Street East, 367 Rogers Street & Part of 124 Robinson

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.