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:

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

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

 

Northwest Trunk Sanitary Sewer Capital Charges

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 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.

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

Registered Accessory Dwelling Units

Add #

Street

Town/Village

Date Registered

Reg. By-law

Registration 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

Asset Management

View the City's Asset Management Strategy and Asset Management Plan.

Environment

We are committed to protecting our natural environment. The Environmental Advisory Committee assists Council with the implementation of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan and monitors and develops new environmental policies and initiatives.

We work closely with Kawartha Region Conservation Authority, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority and the Trent-Severn Waterway to ensure we maintain environmentally responsible and sustainable development practices. View our Conservation Areas Boundary Map.

We have strict policies in place to protect source water. View our Source Water Protection Map to find out if you are near a municipal water supply system.

The Kawartha Lakes Integrated Sustainability Plan provides a road map for residents and local government to implement goals and actions that will help to make Kawartha Lakes a better place to live.

Utilities, Water and Wastewater

We provide utility, water and wastewater services that comply with all licensing requirements and regulations and deliver superior water quality for residents and businesses.

Zoning By-Laws

Zoning By-laws govern the detailed use of land, the placement and size of building and structures, and other matters such as parking, loading, and landscaping. The City has 19 zoning by-laws that cover the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Bexley
 Bobcaygeon
 Carden
 Dalton
 Eldon
 Emily
 Fenelon Falls
 Fenelon Township
 Laxton, Digby, and Longford
 Lindsay
 Manvers
 Mariposa
 Omemee
 Ops
 Oak Ridges Moraine
 Somerville
 Sturgeon Point
 Verulam
 Woodville

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