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Planning and Development

Notice of public meetings regarding development applications will be posted on the notices section of our website. You can view a schedule of upcoming Council and Planning Committee meetings and associated documents on our Council and Committee Calendar.

We are currently in the process of updating all of our forms and applications to be more user friendly and accessible. More forms and applications will be available online soon. We appreciate your patience while we work to serve you better.

Provincial plans and legislation

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing is responsible for provincial land use planning and policy development in Ontario. The Planning Act establishes the rules and processes for land use planning and describes how land uses may be controlled, changed, and how these decisions are made.

Other relevant legislation includes:

Development Engineering

Read the 2017 Sanitary Infrastructure Guidelines.

Building Fees

The Consolidated Building By-Law 2012-019 outlines all building fees.

Planning Fees

The amended Consolidated Fees By-Law 2017-041 outlines all planning fees.

BizPal

BizPal is an online service that will help you find out what permits and licenses you will need from all levels of government as you start or expand your business.

Official Plans and Secondary Plans

City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan 

The Official Plan is created with public input and guides the use of land in Kawartha Lakes. Read the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan:

  • tells us where new housing, industry, offices and shops will go
  • identifies land that needs protection from development
  • helps us plan for services like roads, watermains, sewers, parks and schools that will be needed in the future
  • describes when and in what order parts of your community will grow

As of February 6, 2012, sections of this City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan are under Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. A complete listing of appealed Sections and Schedules is noted in Appendix K of the Official Plan. An updated Official Plan will be posted online soon. Please call 705-324-9411 extension 1368 for more information.

 Official Plan Amendments

An Official Plan Amendment is a formal document that changes the City's Official Plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the City or because of requests from property owners.

An approved official plan can be reviewed at any time. The City must hold a public meeting at least once every five years to determine whether the plan needs to be changed.

Under the Planning Act, the City of Kawartha Lakes has the authority to review and approve amendment applications.

The Official Plan Amendment application process:

  1. Schedule a pre-submission meeting with Planning and Development staff by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1231;
  2. Complete an Official Plan Amendment Application form and submit to the Planning and Development division along with the associated fee and all supporting documentation;
  3. The Planning and Development division will circulate your application to other divisions and external agencies for review and comment;
  4. The City will give notice of at least 20 days and hold a Public Meeting to review your application. Comments will be received from Council and the public;
  5. Studies submitted with your application may require a peer review. If a review is needed a $2,200 deposit against actual costs is required;
  6. Council will make a decision on your application;
  7. Council will send a Notice of Decision to the applicant, every property owner within 120 metres of the subject property and any person or public body that has requested to be notified within 15 days of the decision being made;
  8. Once the Notice of Decision has been given there is a 20 day appeal period;
  9. Appeals are forwarded to the Ontario Municipal Board within 15 days of receipt.

This information is for guidance only, and should not be construed by anyone as a right to development approval if the steps indicated are followed.

An Official Plan Amendment is a formal document that changes the City's Official Plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the City or because of requests from property owners.

An approved official plan can be reviewed at any time. The City must hold a public meeting at least once every five years to determine whether the plan needs to be changed.

Under the Planning Act, the City of Kawartha Lakes has the authority to review and approve amendment applications.

The Official Plan Amendment application process:

  1. Schedule a pre-submission meeting with Planning and Development staff by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1231;
  2. Complete an Official Plan Amendment Application form and submit to the Planning and Development division along with the associated fee and all supporting documentation;
  3. The Planning and Development division will circulate your application to other divisions and external agencies for review and comment;
  4. The City will give notice of at least 20 days and hold a Public Meeting to review your application. Comments will be received from Council and the public;
  5. Studies submitted with your application may require a peer review. If a review is needed a $2,200 deposit against actual costs is required;
  6. Council will make a decision on your application;
  7. Council will send a Notice of Decision to the applicant, every property owner within 120 metres of the subject property and any person or public body that has requested to be notified within 15 days of the decision being made;
  8. Once the Notice of Decision has been given there is a 20 day appeal period;
  9. Appeals are forwarded to the Ontario Municipal Board within 15 days of receipt.

This information is for guidance only, and should not be construed by anyone as a right to development approval if the steps indicated are followed.

An Official Plan Amendment is a formal document that changes the City's Official Plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the City or because of requests from property owners.

An approved official plan can be reviewed at any time. The City must hold a public meeting at least once every five years to determine whether the plan needs to be changed.

Under the Planning Act, the City of Kawartha Lakes has the authority to review and approve amendment applications.

The Official Plan Amendment application process:

  1. Schedule a pre-submission meeting with Planning and Development staff by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1231;
  2. Complete an Official Plan Amendment Application form and submit to the Planning and Development division along with the associated fee and all supporting documentation;
  3. The Planning and Development division will circulate your application to other divisions and external agencies for review and comment;
  4. The City will give notice of at least 20 days and hold a Public Meeting to review your application. Comments will be received from Council and the public;
  5. Studies submitted with your application may require a peer review. If a review is needed a $2,200 deposit against actual costs is required;
  6. Council will make a decision on your application;
  7. Council will send a Notice of Decision to the applicant, every property owner within 120 metres of the subject property and any person or public body that has requested to be notified within 15 days of the decision being made;
  8. Once the Notice of Decision has been given there is a 20 day appeal period;
  9. Appeals are forwarded to the Ontario Municipal Board within 15 days of receipt.

This information is for guidance only, and should not be construed by anyone as a right to development approval if the steps indicated are followed.

An Official Plan Amendment is a formal document that changes the City's Official Plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the City or because of requests from property owners.

An approved official plan can be reviewed at any time. The City must hold a public meeting at least once every five years to determine whether the plan needs to be changed.

Under the Planning Act, the City of Kawartha Lakes has the authority to review and approve amendment applications.

The Official Plan Amendment application process:

  1. Schedule a pre-submission meeting with Planning and Development staff by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1231;
  2. Complete an Official Plan Amendment Application form and submit to the Planning and Development division along with the associated fee and all supporting documentation;
  3. The Planning and Development division will circulate your application to other divisions and external agencies for review and comment;
  4. The City will give notice of at least 20 days and hold a Public Meeting to review your application. Comments will be received from Council and the public;
  5. Studies submitted with your application may require a peer review. If a review is needed a $2,200 deposit against actual costs is required;
  6. Council will make a decision on your application;
  7. Council will send a Notice of Decision to the applicant, every property owner within 120 metres of the subject property and any person or public body that has requested to be notified within 15 days of the decision being made;
  8. Once the Notice of Decision has been given there is a 20 day appeal period;
  9. Appeals are forwarded to the Ontario Municipal Board within 15 days of receipt.

This information is for guidance only, and should not be construed by anyone as a right to development approval if the steps indicated are followed.

Lindsay Official Plan

Lindsay Official Plan schedules and appendix

Fenelon Falls Official Plan

Fenelon Falls Official Plan schedules and appendix

Oak Ridges Moraine Official Plan

Read the Oak Ridges Moraine Official Plan.

Oak Ridges Moraine Official Plan schedules and appendix

 

Secondary Plans

Secondary Plans are more detailed land use plans prepared for five settlement areas including Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville.  The Ontario Municipal Board is currently reviewing the proposed amendments in the secondary plans for these communities. Please be advised that the secondary plans listed below are current and all have been appealed.

Lindsay

  • Lindsay Secondary Plan
  • Lindsay Land Use Schedule
  • Lindsay Environmental Constraint Mapping
  • Lindsay Transportation Mapping

Bobcaygeon

  • Bobcaygeon Secondary Plan
  • Bobcaygeon Land Use Schedule
  • Bobcaygeon Environmental Constraint Mapping
  • Bobcaygeon Transportation Mapping

Omemee

  • Omemee Secondary Plan
  • Omemee Land Use Schedule
  • Omemee Environmental Constraint Mapping
  • Omemee Transportation Mapping

 Fenelon Falls

Woodville

General amendments and schedule documents

  • General Amendments
  • Official Plan Schedule A-2 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule A-3 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule A-4 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule A-5 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-2 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-3 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-4 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-5 Updates

 Northwest Sanitary Sewer Capital Charges

In accordance with section 4.01.2 of By-Law 2015-151, starting on August 11, 2016 Northwest Trunk Sanitary Sewer Capital Charges shall be indexed annually in accordance with the Quarterly Construction Price Statistics Index published by Statistics Canada. Whereas the index stood at 156.8 on June 30, 2015 and at 161.6 on June 30, 2016, the capital charges that would have otherwise been in effect for the period August 11, 2016 to August 11, 2017, pursuant to By-Law 2015-151, shall be indexed by (161.6/156.8 - 1)*100% = 3.061%.

 

The following charges are effective August 11, 2017 to August 10, 2018:

Northwest Trunk Sanitary Sewer Capital Charges as per By-Law 2015-151
Benefitting Area

Residential $/Dwelling Unit

Non-Residential $/metre squared of GFA

Jennings Creek

$3,324

$10.62

Gravity Sewer

$2,610

$7.05

Existing Growth

$1,843

$4.98

Development Applications

The Planning and Development department is responsible for processing development applications under the Planning Act.

Development Charges

Non-Residential Development Charges

 

2017 City of Kawartha Lakes Non-Residential Development Charges

Service

Electricity Generation ($/500KW of NGC)

Industrial ($/meters squared of GFA)

Commercial ($/ meters squared of GFA)

Institutional ($/meters squared of GFA)

Health and Social

$0

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Library

$0

$1.32

$1.32

$1.32

Parks and Recreation

$0

$1.14

$1.14

$1.14

Fire

$491

$2.75

$6.60

$4.72

Paramedic

$68

$0.38

$0.92

$0.66

Police

$469

$1.89

$4.53

$3.24

Airport

$0

$0.15

$0.38

$0.27

Transit

$0

$0.28

$0.66

$0.47

Administration

$129

$0.72

$1.73

$1.24

Roads and Related

$4,906

$25.36

$58.37

$41.67

Water Treatment

$0

$9.32

$21.45

$15.35

Water Distribution

$0

$11.33

$26.54

$18.98

Sewage Treatment

$0

$6.42

$14.75

$10.57

Sewage Collection

$0

$21.62

$49.05

$35.19

Total

$6,063

$82.68

$187.44

$134.82

 

2017 City of Kawartha Lakes Non-Residential Service Area Development Charges

Service Area

Electricity Generation ($/500KW of NGC)

Industrial ($/meters squared of GFA)

Commercial ($/meters squared of GFA)

Institutional ($/meters squared of GFA)

Urban-Lindsay

$6,063

$82.68

$187.44

$134.82

Urban-NWT

$6,063

$61.06

$138.39

$99.63

Urban-Other

$5,594

$80.51

$182.25

$131.11

Rural-Ops

$6,063

$33.71

$74.99

$54.26

Rural-Other

$5,594

$31.82

$70.46

$51.02

 

Residential Development Charges

 

2017 City of Kawartha Lakes Schedule of Residential Development Charges

Service

Single or Semi-Detached ($/Dwelling Unit)

Row or Multiple ($/Dwelling Unit)

Apartment - Two or More Bedrooms ($/Dwelling Unit)

Apartment - Other ($/Dwelling Unit)

Health and Social

$0

$0

$0

$0

Library

$217

$181

$153

$104

Parks and Recreation

$188

$156

$132

$91

Fire

$491

$410

$346

$236

Paramedic

$68

$57

$49

$33

Police

$469

$391

$330

$226

Airport

$28

$24

$20

$13

Transit

$71

$60

$51

$34

Administration

$129

$107

$91

$62

Roads and Related

$4,906

$4,092

$3,451

$2,366

Water Treatment

$2,295

$1,914

$1,615

$1,107

Water Distribution

$2,781

$2,320

$1,958

$1,341

Sewage Treatment

$1,610

$,342

$1,133

$776

Sewage Collection

$5,379

$4,486

$3,784

$2,593

Total

$18,632

$15,540

$13,113

$8,982

2017 City of Kawartha Lakes Service Area Residential Development Charges

Service Area

Single or Semi-Detached ($/Dwelling Unit)

Row or Multiple ($/Dwelling Unit)

Apartment - Two or More Bedrooms ($/Dwelling Unit)

Apartment - Other ($/Dwelling Unit)

Urban-Lindsay

$18,632

$15,540

$13,113

$8,982

Urban-NWT

$13,253

$11,054

$9,329

$6,389

Urban-Other

$18,092

$15,089

$12,732

$8,722

Rural-Ops

$6,496

$5,418

$4,572

$3,131

Rural-Other

$6,027

$5,027

$4,242

$2,905

 

Development Charges Studies and By-laws

  • By-Law 2015-224 - A By-Law to Impose Development Charges in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Development statistics

To access development statistics from past years please contact the Building division by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1288.

Current planning initiatives

We are working on several projects including:

  • Community Design Standards
  • Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

Subdivisions

Subdivision planning is a process of creating new lots throughout the City but primarily focused on settlement areas.  The City has many proposed subdivision plans throughout our urban and rural areas.

Subdivisions Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a Subdivision Agreement?

A "Subdivision Agreement" outlines the developer's obligations to the City of Kawartha Lakes for the construction of roads, sewers, watermains, parks, and other services in your subdivision. This agreement between the City and the developer also requires the developer to incorporate some clauses and warnings into your "Agreement of Purchase and Sale".

Please ensure you obtain, review and understand the subdivision agreement that is registered on title of your property and review the Warning Clauses in your Purchase and Sale Agreement.

What is the developer's responsibility?

The developer is responsible for overall site grading and drainage; construction of sewers, watermains, roads, curbs and sidewalks; street lighting; boulevard trees and perimeter fencing in the subdivision. Landscaping of public areas and noise reduction fencing is also included in some subdivisions. The details of the developer's responsibilities are laid out in the subdivision agreement. The consulting engineer for the developer must verify that the developer has completed the subdivision and met the City's requirements before the City releases financial securities to the developer.

What is the builder's responsibility?

The builder is responsible for constructing your house and driveway, and the grading and sodding of your individual lot. The builder and the developer may be the same company or the developer may sell building lots to builders. The City of Kawartha Lakes has no contractual agreement with the builder.

What are "purchaser warning" and "advisory clauses"?

All "Builder/Homeowner Purchase and Sale Agreements" include purchaser warning clauses that alert new homeowners of potential issues regarding their subdivision (noise, odour, water & sanitary servicing, fencing, driveways, etc.). Purchasers should carefully review these clauses.

What are Engineering Design Drawings referenced in Schedule A, in the Subdivision Agreement?

The Engineering Design Drawing package is referenced in the Subdivision Agreement and the drawings are typically listed in Schedule A.  This drawing package identifies the details of the municipal infrastructure, such as water, sanitary and storm pipes, hydrants, valves, manholes, and catchbasins. The drawing package also typically identifies the locations of community mailboxes, hydro transformers, streetlights, sidewalk location and maximum driveway widths.

You should ask the developer to view a copy of the Approved Engineering Design Drawings for the lot you propose to purchase and have them identify all of the infrastructure specific to your lot.

Will there be a hydro box, sidewalk, community mailbox, hydrant or streetlight in front of my property?

Information regarding the placement of hydro boxes, sidewalks, community mailboxes, hydrants, lampposts, and other utilities abutting your property, may be obtained from the developer of your subdivision and is contained in the Approved Engineering Design Drawing package.

Sidewalks are located in the municipal right of way or boulevard and are placed to allow for snow storage in the boulevard for both road and sidewalk winter maintenance. The location of sidewalks within the boulevard also considers the other services, trees and utility locations within the boulevard. Sidewalks may be designed on both sides on the street or on only one side of the street, and are often one of the last components of municipal infrastructure to be installed in a new subdivision.

How can I obtain the site plans for my lot?

It is the Developer's responsibility to provide a copy of the approved individual house siting plan and lot grading & drainage plan to the homeowner/purchaser prior to closing.

What does final lot grading certification mean?

When sodding has been completed around your new home, your developer's engineer will verify that the design has been followed. Once the engineer is satisfied, they will provide the appropriate documentation to the engineering department for review. Timing for the certification to be provided to the City is up to the developer.

After certification, is there a warranty on grading/sod issues?

The City does not provide or warranty grading or sod on private property. Please contact your developer's customer service department.

What if I alter the drainage patterns on my property?

Modifying the drainage patterns on your own property may have a negative impact on your neighbour's property. Once you start to landscape your property, be mindful of how the drainage patterns work and try to maintain these drainage patterns that carry water away from your home and those of your neighbours. Do not fill in ditches, move your downspouts or cause more water to run onto your neighbour's property. Damage to neighbouring properties resulting from significant modification of drainage patterns can result in civil lawsuits between private homeowners under the Drainage Act.

When can I install a fence, patio, deck, pool, or shed on my property?

For common fences between properties, both properties must be certified. If you install a fence or make other changes before the lot is certified, the developer may require that the changes be removed and restored.

Why is there a half-round swale across my back yard?

Your lot drains from your backyard property line to the municipal road at the front of your house. This apron swale is installed to distribute water from the rear yard to the side-yard swales to keep drainage away from your house and help prevent flooding of your basement.

I gave my builder a grading deposit when I bought my home. When do I get my money back?

Typically the builder requires deposits prior to closing the sale of your home to ensure that the homeowner does not adversely alter the grading of the lot. The City does not have any involvement with, nor does it require the builder to take these deposits. If you have any questions regarding these deposits, you should discuss them with your lawyer.

I have a catch basin in my back yard. What can I do with it?

The catch basin and the surrounding drainage cannot be altered as it will affect the drainage pattern within your neighbourhood. In some cases, the City may have an easement over your property which provides City staff with access to maintain the catch basin periodically. If necessary, the City can request that homeowners, at their own expense, dismantle structures, sheds, etc., that are within the catch basin easement.

In other circumstances, the catchbasin and associated storm infrastructure on the private lot is the responsibility of the property owner. Please review the subdivision agreement for the development to clarify.

What is an "easement"?

The municipality may have obtained an easement on your property if a storm sewer, watermain or sanitary sewer crosses your property. The easement allows you to have the use of the property but gives the City of Kawartha Lakes the right to access, maintain or reconstruct the services within the easement. You should not build additions, garages, sheds, decks or other encroachment within the easement.

Who do I contact about problems or deficiencies in my new home?

Your builder is responsible for any deficiencies in your new home. First, give your builder a chance to act on your complaints. Then, if the builder fails to respond, notify TARION (formerly Ontario New Home Warranty Program) and request assistance within the proper timeframe of your warranty. It is important to record all complaints in writing to both your builder and TARION. For more information contact the offices of TARION at 1 .800.668.0124, visit the TARION website or email info@tarion.com.

Who do I contact regarding construction nuisances?

All new subdivisions have construction nuisances such as noise, truck traffic, dust, and debris. While these are an annoyance to homeowners, the City does require the developer/builder to reduce these nuisances and to avoid them when possible. Concerns should be directed to the developer and/or developer's consulting engineer. Their contact information is contained in the subdivision agreement.

Who is responsible for the cleaning of the roadways (mud/dirt)?

The developer is responsible for maintaining clean and safe roads throughout construction and while the subdivision is unassumed. Concerns should be directed to the developer and/or developer's consulting engineer.

Please ensure you are aware of the location of all of these features before purchasing your home.

When will the permanent mailbox location be provided?

Temporary locations will be provided by Canada Post until the subdivision is substantially complete. Canada Post may send out a notification letter indicating where your permanent mail box location will be. During the original subdivision design, the City coordinates the utility locations to achieve as safe a location as possible subject to the needs of Canada Post and other utilities. Canada Post will specify the locations of their infrastructure.

Contact Canada Post directly for an issues or concerns related to mail access and delivery.

Who do I contact to get information about storm sewers and stormwater management facilities?

The developer is responsible for the construction and maintenance of storm sewers and stormwater management facilities until the subdivision is assumed by the City. Please contact the Developer for further information.

Who do I contact to get information about water or sanitary sewers?

The City of Kawartha Lakes is responsible for providing services related to water and sanitary sewers to residents. However, the developer is responsible for construction and maintenance of water and wastewater services until the subdivision is assumed by the City. For more information, please contact the developer of your subdivision.

Who is responsible for planting street trees?

Typically your developer is responsible for planting new street trees within the right of way or boulevard within your subdivision. A streetscape design provided by the developer is reviewed by the City of Kawartha Lakes Engineering and Parks Recreation & Culture Departments. The location of street tree planting is dependent on a number of variables include proximity to utilities, street lights, and intersections etc. and as a result, a tree may not be installed adjacent to your lot. The Streetscape Landscape Plan is contained in the Engineering Design Drawing package. Please contact the Developer for further information.

There is a pond in my subdivision. What is its purpose?

Most new subdivisions include a stormwater management facility, which can appear as a landscaped pond. These naturalized ponds are designed to collect runoff after a heavy rainfall, treat it for impurities, and discharge cleaner water into rivers and creeks. Stormwater management ponds are routinely monitored and maintained by the developer until the City assumes the subdivision. Please note that these facilities are not intended for recreational use. Water levels and ice thicknesses are not monitored and will vary. The City assumes no liability or responsibility for unintended uses.

More information about the City's operations of Stormwater Management Facilities can be found in the Stormwater Management Facilities FAQs on our Utilities, Water and Sewer page.

When will my driveway be paved?

Driveway construction within the public road allowance, also known as the driveway apron, is the responsibility of the developer. It is often recommended that paving a driveway be delayed so that natural settlement may occur. Always refer to your "Agreement of Purchase and Sale" and subdivision agreement registered on title with regard to construction responsibility and timing of completion.

Can I pave/landscape the area between my driveway and my neighbour's driveway?

Increasing the paved or hard surface area on your lot, can cause increased surface run off and can negatively impact the stormwater quality and quantity experienced during high volume rain events.

The small area between adjacent driveways is required to drain the back yards in many properties. If you raise this area, you will block the flow of water and cause water to flow across your driveway, which could ice in the winter and create a winter hazard. You should always maintain the existing drainage pattern on your property.

Can I widen my driveway?

Driveway locations and widths are set through the Engineering Design for the subdivisions which considers the stormwater management needs for the overall development as well as proximity to water and sanitary services, streetlights, utilities, etc.

Modifications to the widths and locations of driveways are not permitted where an engineering design has specified the location.

Can I install a gate in the black vinyl fence located at the rear of my property?

Gates are not permitted as typically fencing is a design feature to protect adjacent private properties or environmentally sensitive areas such as woodlots, hazard or creek areas subject to flooding or erosion.

Gates along the municipal trail system are not permitted.

Who can I call regarding school issues such as construction of new schools and busing?

Please contact the applicable School Board for information regarding schools and busing. School locations and potential sites are determined by each school board. Future schools identified on maps or signs in subdivisions are not guaranteed to be built. Should the boards declare any site surplus, the lands can be developed for other purposes depending on the zoning of the lands.

When will municipal garbage pick-up start and where can I get a blue box?

Waste and recycling collection is the responsibility of the City and starts as soon as you move into your home. Roads must be in a reasonable state of access and travel; free of construction activity, equipment, and material. If the collection vehicle cannot access your street due to construction activity, the waste and recycling will not be collected. If this occurs, please contact the developer.

Information on Waste and Recycling in the City of Kawartha Lakes can be found at on our Waste and Recycling page and in our Recycling and Waste Collection Calendar.

Will my street receive winter road and sidewalk maintenance?

The City provides winter maintenance for all roads and sidewalks, including new subdivisions and commences as soon as you move into your home. Winter maintenance is subject to the following: Access chamber covers/grates on the roads must be either set to level grade or ramped with asphalt; and sidewalks must be continuous with no missing bays.

Both roads and sidewalks must be in a reasonable state of access and travel; free of construction activity, equipment, and materials.

Can I have the street light in front of my house moved to a different location?

Streetlights cannot be relocated as they are installed in specific locations to meet design standards for ample lighting on the street. The minimum distance between a street light base and the edge of a driveway is one meter.

What does "assumption" of a new subdivision mean?

Assumption of a subdivision occurs when the municipality assumes responsibility for the maintenance of all municipal services. This typically occurs when all obligations of the developer have been fulfilled. There is no set timeframe for assumption and it could occur several years after home construction. To protect taxpayers from unnecessary expenses, the City of Kawartha Lakes will not assume a subdivision until the infrastructure is properly installed.

How does my subdivision get assumed?

Assumption of the subdivision by the City occurs when the municipality assumes responsibility for the maintenance of all municipal services. Council typically passes an Assumption By-law for the street.

Municipal Drainage

Municipal drains are an important part of local infrastructure. They are drainage systems that remove excesses water from agricultural land, ditches, residential lots and commercial and industrial properties.

The Ontario Drainage Act requires that areas that need drainage have enough infrastructure in place to remove excess water.

Secondary Suites (basement apartments)

An Accessory Dwelling Unit is a completely self-contained, self-sufficient residential dwelling unit located entirely within a single detached, semi-detached, townhouse or row house dwelling, which contains no more than one other dwelling unit. Accessory dwelling units are often also referred to as basement apartments or secondary suites.

As of November 4, 2014, the only accessory dwelling units that are considered legal are those registered with the City according to the Registration By-law 2014-305. Units previously registered under Town of Lindsay By-law 97-169 will be deemed compliant. To register an Accessory Dwelling Unit you must complete and submit the Accessory Dwelling Unit Registration application form.

Guide to Creating Accessory Dwelling Units

What is An Accessory Dwelling Unit?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit is a completely self-contained, self-sufficient residential dwelling unit located entirely within a single detached, semi-detached, townhouse or row house dwelling, which contains no more than one other dwelling unit.  Accessory dwelling units are also referred to as "basement apartments", or "secondary suites", but the City of Kawartha Lakes has decided to use the term "Accessory Dwelling Unit".

An Accessory Dwelling Unit:

  • is comprised of a set of self-contained rooms capable of being occupied as an independent dwelling unit;
  • contains kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities designated for the exclusive use of the unit;
  • has a means of access/egress that may be separate or shared with the other unit; and
  • may be installed on any floor of the principle dwelling.

Zoning By-law 2014-283 permits Accessory Dwelling Units to be located in single detached, semi detached, townhouse or row house dwellings within the City of Kawartha Lakes, serviced by full municipal services, where the dwelling is attached thereto.

The subject property must be located within the urban settlement boundaries, outlined in the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, of Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls or Omemee.

Accessory dwelling unit must be connected to full municipal services.

Accessory dwelling unit cannot be within an accessory building (ex. detached garage, boat house).

All Accessory Dwelling Units Must Be Registered To Be Considered Legal

As of November 4, 2014, the only accessory dwelling units that are considered legal are those registered with the City according to the Registration By-law 2014-305.  Once an accessory apartment is registered, the owner will receive a Letter of Registration from the City.  Units previously registered under Town of Lindsay By-law 97-169 will be deemed compliant.

The Building Division maintains an inventory of all registered Accessory Dwelling Units and this information is available by request to the Registrar.

For an accessory dwelling unit to be eligible for registration, it is either created:

  • under authority of the Residents' Rights Act, built prior to November 16, 1995 and can satisfy the City by providing the documents outlined in Section 2(a)(i) of this Guide; or,
  • prior to date of passing of the original zoning by-law, as amended, for the applicable settlement area and legal non-conforming status has been confirmed with the City's Planning Division
    • o Town of Lindsay Zoning By-law 2000-75, date of passing October 23, 2000;
    • o Village of Bobcaygeon Zoning By-law 16-78, date of passing October 16, 1978;
    • o Village of Fenelon Falls Zoning By-law 89-25, date of passing November 20, 1989;
    • o Village of Omemee Zoning By-law 1993-15, date of passing June 14, 1993;or,
    • with a building permit that has been issued for an accessory dwelling unit, meets the requirements of Zoning By-law 2014-283, as amended, and satisfactory final inspections completed; or,
    • by a site-specific Zoning By-law amendment and building permit with satisfactory final inspections completed.

About the Registration By-law

The purpose of the Registration By-law is to ensure that all accessory dwelling units in the City of Kawartha Lakes are safe and legal.  The Registration By-law allows the City to maintain a complete inventory of all single detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, townhouse dwellings and row house dwellings that contain accessory dwelling units, which will be used, for example, by emergency services agencies (i.e. Fire, Police, EMS) when responding to emergencies, the City's Solid Waste Division for garbage pick up and the City's Planning Division when calculating dwelling unit densities of neighbourhoods.

The Registration By-law requires inspections to ensure the safety of the owner and tenants of the accessory dwelling unit.  Depending on the year the accessory dwelling unit was created, inspections will be required to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code, Ontario Building Code and Ontario Electrical Code.

There are different requirements for registration based upon when and how the accessory dwelling unit was created.  Section 2 of this Guide assists owners to determine what process and/or documents are needed to register an accessory dwelling unit.

Advisement about Parking

Please be aware that vehicles illegally parked on the street will be ticketed and no exceptions will be made for accessory dwelling units.  Before creating an accessory dwelling unit, please consider the parking needs for both units and ensure the combined parking needs can be accommodated on the subject property, in compliance with Zoning By-law 2014-283, as amended.

How to create, legalize and register an accessory dwelling unit

To register an existing accessory dwelling unit created prior to November 16, 1995:

If an accessory dwelling unit was created prior to November 16, 1995 in a dwelling connected to municipal services and is in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Electrical Code, it may be considered "legal" under the Residents' Rights Act, but is still required to be registered with the City.  The current provisions in Zoning By-law 2014-283, as amended relating to accessory dwelling units do not apply to accessory dwelling units created prior to November 16, 1995.

 

(i)            The following documents must be submitted to the Building Division to register an accessory dwelling unit created prior to November 16, 1995 (the sufficiency of the documents required, as outlined below, is determined by the Registrar):

  • A completed Application for Registration of an Accessory Dwelling Unit Form;
  • Written confirmation from the Fire Department and the Electrical Safety Authority that inspections have been completed and that the building complies with the Ontario Fire Code and Electrical Safety Code; Please note: it is the owner's responsibility to arrange for all required inspections. 
  • Important contact information is contained within Section 4 of this Guide.  Depending on the results of the above inspections, building permits may be required, and;
  • Sworn Declaration from the owner who established the accessory dwelling unit or owner or tenant who owned/occupied the accessory dwelling unit prior to November 16, 1995; or a neighbour who has resided in the area since prior to November 16, 1995 and who has direct knowledge of the existence and occupancy of the accessory dwelling unit; and
  • One additional piece of supporting documentation (i.e. utility receipts, income tax forms, rental receipts, mail with postal address, etc.) that affirms the continued existence of the accessory apartment since prior to November 16, 1995.

(ii)          After the conditions for registration of the accessory dwelling unit are satisfied, the Registrar will send a Letter of Registration to the property owner.

If the required documents (outlined in Section 2(a)(i) of this Guide), cannot be provided by the applicant to the satisfaction of the Registrar or if the dwelling was not connected to municipal services prior to November 16, 1995 then the accessory dwelling unit cannot be considered legal under the Residents' Rights Act, and therefore the steps in Subsection 2(c) of this Guide (i.e. a building permit will be required) must be followed.

Register an existing accessory dwelling unit created on or after November 16, 1995:

(i)            With site specific zoning by-law amendment:

If an accessory dwelling unit was created on or after November 16, 1995, in compliance with an approved site-specific zoning by-law amendment, and a building permit was obtained with satisfactory final inspections, then an Application for Registration of an Accessory Dwelling Unit form must be filled out and submitted to the City Building Division.  The Registrar will send a Letter of Registration to the owner.

(ii)          Without site-specific zoning by-law amendment:

If an accessory dwelling unit was created on or after November 16, 1995 without an approved site-specific zoning by-law amendment, then the accessory dwelling unit is considered to be illegal.  To legalize the accessory dwelling unit, the steps outlined in Subsection 2(c) of this Guide must be completed.

Create and register a new accessory dwelling unit (not constructed yet):

(i)            Confirm that the proposed accessory dwelling unit is permitted by the City Zoning By-law 2014-283, as amended.

(ii)          Once confirmed, submit a design of the building prepared by a qualified designer and a building permit application to the City Building Division.  The design must show how the proposed accessory dwelling unit complies with the Ontario Building Code and Zoning By-law 2014-283, as amended.  The building permit process will require compliance with applicable health and safety standards.  Additionally, fill out an Application for Registration of an Accessory Dwelling Unit form at the time of submitting the building permit, along with all applicable fees.

(iii)         After the building permit process is completed, the accessory dwelling unit is constructed and final inspections are complete and satisfactory to the City, the Registrar will send a Letter of Registration to the property owner.

Municipal Water and Wastewater Service Billing

All secondary units will be serviced by municipal water and sewer.  The service connection will be shared with the primary service connection to principal residence.  Upon registration of the accessory dwelling unit the City Utility Billing Division will assess a second set of fixed rate charges to the property, as referenced in the By-law Governing Water and Wastewater Services.  Consumption charges would be reflected in the meter readings.

Addressing and Signage

Upon completion of registration a municipal address will be assigned to the accessory dwelling unit and it is the owner's responsibility to display the address for the accessory dwelling unit so that it is visible from the street.

Overview of Regulations relating to accessory dwelling units

Ontario Building Code:

Please refer to the Ontario Building Code for exact provisions relating to accessory dwelling units.  Below is for information purposes only.

Items associated with an accessory dwelling unit, including but not limited to the following, must comply with the Ontario Building Code:

  • Fire separations between dwelling units, between dwelling units and common spaces such as exit corridors, laundry rooms and other spaces that are accessible by both dwelling units;
  • Exits from each dwelling unit;
  • Smoke alarms on each floor level in each dwelling unit, and carbon monoxide detectors; and
  • Heating and ventilation system requirements

Zoning By-law: 

Please refer to City of Kawartha Lakes Zoning By-law 2014-283 for exact provisions relating to accessory dwelling units.  Below is for information purposes only.

  • Only one accessory dwelling unit is permitted per lot;
  • The accessory dwelling unit must be located in a single detached, semi-detached, townhouse or row house dwelling, provided such use is permitted in the zone within which it is located;
  • An accessory dwelling unit is not permitted to be located within an accessory building;
  • An accessory dwelling unit shall only be permitted within a dwelling that has frontage on a municipally maintained street;
  • An accessory dwelling unit shall only be permitted within a dwelling that is connected to municipal water and wastewater services;
  • A dwelling containing an accessory dwelling unit shall not contain a home occupation use;
  • On-site parking shall be provided for both dwelling units in compliance with Zoning By-law 2014-283
  • All accessory dwelling units must comply with any other applicable by-laws and legislation, including, but not limited to, CKL Registration By-law 2014-305, Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Electrical Code.

Ontario Fire Code: 

Please refer to the Ontario Fire Code for exact provisions relating to accessory dwelling units.  Below is for information purposes only.

Accessory dwelling units created prior to November 16, 1995 must comply with the following items under the Ontario Fire Code, including but not limited to:

  • Fire separation from each dwelling unit;
  • Means of escape from each dwelling unit;
  • Smoke alarms; and
  • Electrical safety

Property owners should be aware that bringing existing dwellings that contain an accessory dwelling unit into compliance with the Ontario Fire Code regulations may require alterations for which a building permit is required under the Building Code Act.

Application Documents Required

  • Completed Application for Registration of an Accessory Dwelling Unit
  • Two copies of a site plan showing the lot configuration, the dimension of each lot line, the house location and the location and dimensions of on-site parking spaces in compliance with current zone provisions applicable to the subject lot
  • Two sets of drawings showing all exterior entrances to the house, the secured entrances to each dwelling unit, room uses and sizes including each room area calculation, ceiling heights in each room, window sizes including all window area calculations and what percent of the room floor area the window is, the total floor area of the second unit and the exterior dimensions of the house. The common areas of the dwelling are to be shaded.

Agency Contact Information

Building division: 705-324-9411 extension 1288

Fire: 705-324-5731 extension 545

Electrical Safety Authority: 877-372-7233

Registrar: 705-324-9411 extension 1200

To locate a qualified designer, contact the Building division to obtain a list of House and Small Buildings designers 

Accessory Dwelling Unit Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit is also known as a basement apartment, secondary suite or another form of secondary residential unit in a house that contains no more than one other unit.

A dwelling containing an Accessory Dwelling unit is not considered a Duplex Dwelling.

An Accessory Unit:

  • consists of a self-contained set of rooms that can be used as an independent unit;
  • contains kitchen, sleeping and bathroom facilities designed for the exclusive use of the unit;
  • has a means of access that may be separate or shared with the other unit; and
  • may be installed on any floor of a house

Where are Accessory Dwelling Units permitted?

Zoning By-law 2014-283 permits Accessory Dwelling Units to be located in single detached, semi-detached, townhouse or row house dwellings within the City of Kawartha Lakes, serviced by full municipal services, where the dwelling is attached thereto.

The subject property must be located within the urban settlement boundaries, outlined in the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, of Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls or Omemee.

How do I register my Accessory Dwelling Unit?

All Accessory Dwelling Units must be registered under By-law 2014-305. Unregistered Accessory Dwelling Units are considered illegal.

An application for registration of an Accessory Dwelling Unit must be filed with accompanying paperwork and applicable fee to the Chief Building Official. Applications can be dropped off at the Lindsay, Bobcaygeon or Omemee Service Centres. Once an Accessory Dwelling Unit is registered, the owner will receive a letter of registration from the City.

Do I require a Building Permit to register an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

In most cases a building permit is required. Most Accessory Dwelling Units will require modifications with respect to the Ontario Building Code to comply with registration requirements.

Who can prepare the drawings for an application?

The property owner or a qualified designer can prepare the drawings. Drawings must include all Ontario Building Code requirements.

How long does it take to obtain a building permit?

Upon submission of a complete application, a building permit will be issued within 10 business days.

What is the current fee to register an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

There is a one-time fee of $125.00 required to accompany the application for registration. There may also be associated building permit fees applied with respect to required upgrades.

Will an inspection be required in order to register my Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Yes. The inspection may be performed by a Building Inspector or by a Building Inspector and Fire Prevention Officer.

What is involved in the inspection?

The inspector will confirm compliance with applicable regulations and will require access to all areas within the dwelling units.

What types of things does the Building Permit address?

The building permit will address items such as access/egress, suite to suite fire separations, room sizes, window sizes, locations of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and any other items applicable to your site.

What if I don't register my Accessory Dwelling Unit or complete the inspection report?

Your file will be forwarded to the Municipal Law Enforcement Division for Enforcement of the Zoning By-law and Accessory Dwelling Unit Registration By-law.

Does an Accessory Dwelling Unit have to be registered if a family member resides in it?

Yes, unless the dwelling functions as a single unit with open and unimpeded access to all portions of the welling unit for all inhabitants.

Will there be regular follow up inspections of all registered Accessory Dwelling Units?

No. Municipal Law Enforcement Staff will enforce the Registration By-law based upon complaints received. Complaints must be submitted in writing on the applicable form. You can submit a Municipal Law Enforcement Complaint online. All complaints will be investigated to determine compliance.
 

Accessory Dwelling Unit Public Register

Accessory Dwelling Unit Public Register

Add #StreetTown/VillageDate RegisteredReg. By-lawRegistration Number
32 George St. E. Lindsay Jan-98 97-169 1-98
170 Colbourne St. W. Lindsay Mar-98 97-169 2-98
165 St. David St. Lindsay Mar-98 97-169 3-98
41 St. Lawrence St. Lindsay Apr-98 97-169 4-98
331 William St. N. Lindsay Apr-98 97-169 5-98
80 Angeline St. S. Lindsay Jun-98 97-169 6-98
29 Cottingham Cres. Lindsay Jun-98 97-169 7-98
10 Oak St. Lindsay Jul-98 97-169 8-98
175 Ardmore Ave. Lindsay Aug-98 97-169 9-98
5 Mill St. Lindsay Dec-98 97-169 10-98
122 Elgin St. Lindsay Feb-99 97-169 11-98
29 St. Paul St. Lindsay Apr-99 97-169 1-99
208 William St. N. Lindsay Apr-99 97-169 2-99
71 King St. Lindsay Jan-00 97-169 01-2000
69 King St. Lindsay Jan-00 97-169 02-2000
61 Albert St. S. Lindsay Mar-00 97-169 03-2000
67 Eglington St. Lindsay May-00 97-169 04-2000
93 William St. S. Lindsay Jul-02 97-169 01-2002
64 Russel St. E. Lindsay Apr-04 97-169 01-2004
21 Eglington St. Lindsay Jul-04 97-169 02-2004
142 Sanderling Cres. Lindsay Oct-16 97-169 01-2005
174 Ardmore Ave. Lindsay Mar-06 97-169 01-2006
52 Adelaide St. S. Lindsay Aug-06 97-169 02-2006
97 Colbourne St. W. Lindsay Sep-06 97-169 03-2006
321 William St. N Lindsay Jan-16 97-169 01-2010
323 William St. N Lindsay Feb-16 97-169 02-2010
79 Short Ave Lindsay Dec-10 97-169 03-2010
10 Flavelle Cres Lindsay Dec-11 97-169 01-2011
69 Glenelg St. E. Lindsay Apr-13 97-169 01-2013
333 William St. N. Lindsay Jan-16 2014-305 2016-001
99 Elgin St. Lindsay Jan-16 2014-305 2016-002
18 Liberty Lane Emily Jun-16 2014-305 2016-003
18 Short St. Fenelon Falls Sep-16 2014-305 2016-004
34 Lisbeth Cres. Lindsay Sep-16 2014-305 2016-005
82 Durham St. W. Lindsay Dec-16 2014-305 2016-006
101 Pottinger St. Lindsay Jul-17 2014-305 2016-007
10 Milner Crt. Lindsay Jul-17 2014-305 ADU2017-0005

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 Fenelon Township
 Laxton, Digby, and Longford
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