Land Development Process

Land Development Process

Halton Region Helps You Navigate the Land Development Process

Investment Response Team helps resolve issues

Halton Region Economic Development has established an Investment Response Team comprising senior officials who represent:

  • Economic Development
  • Planning
  • Public Works
  • Finance
  • Chief Administrative Officer

The team reviews cases and provides timely responses to issues related to major non-residential investment inquiries and development applications. Contact Halton Region Economic Development to see how we can assist you.

Halton Region's Economic Development Division is your information source as you navigate the industrial and commercial development approvals process. Halton and its local municipal governments work together to accommodate tight planning approvals and construction timelines.

The information below is designed to help you understand the process.

Halton Region Official Plan serves as the guide

The Regional Official Plan is Halton's guide for land use planning, helping both the Regional Council and staff to make decisions on growth and development.

Information about zoning by-laws in Halton communities

Zoning by-laws are in place in each of Halton's four local municipalities to regulate the development and uses of land, such as business parks, as well as the location and use of buildings and structures. Follow these links for local zoning by-law regulations:

Pre-application consultation minimizes delays

We encourage applicants to meet with approval agencies to discuss project details, prior to submitting a formal development application. Pre-application meetings can help:

  • Minimize processing delays
  • Identify associated costs and fees
  • Gain the support of the agencies

Please contact Halton Region Economic Development team for more information.

Submitting development applications

When a property owner submits an application for development approval, in many cases, the planning departments for the City of Burlington and the Towns of Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville are delegated as the primary approval authorities. In other cases of development applications – such as those requiring an amendment to the local zoning by-law and/or the local official plan application – Halton Region is the approval authority. This includes:

  • Regional Official Plan Amendments
  • Local Official Plan Amendments, when requested
  • Unresolved issues, as identified by a commenting agency

Understanding development charges

Created under the Province of Ontario's Development Charges Act, 1997, the purpose of development charges is to allow Ontario municipalities and school boards to recover growth- related costs associated with the capital infrastructure needed to service new development.

Information on permit applications and business licences

Starting a business in Halton or making major changes to an existing business? To find out what business permits or licenses you'll need, visit Ontario's ONe-Source (external link) to access the BizPaL online tool.

For more information about about building, expanding or developing in Halton, contact us.