Applications, Licences and Permits

The following is a list of common applications, licences and permits in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

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.

Accessory Dwelling Units

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 units. Accessory Dwelling Units are also referred to as basement apartments or secondary suites.

The only Accessory Dwelling Units considered legal in Kawartha Lakes are those registered according to the Registration By-law 2014-305. Units 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.

To learn more about Accessory Dwelling Units, visit the My Property page on our website.

Adult entertainment

A licence is required for all adult entertainment bookstores, video stores, parlours, establishments and performers.

You can E-Mail Licensing or call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 if you have questions about the licensing process.

Birth or death certificates

The Office of the Registrar General issues birth and death certificates for residents in the City of Kawartha Lakes. You can complete the application for a birth or death certificate online.

Paper applications are available at the City of Kawartha Lakes Clerk's Office located at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay ON, K9V 5R8.

Building permits and applications

The Building Division is responsible for administration and enforcement of the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code, including private on-site sewage systems with a daily sewage flow 10,000 litres or less, as well as administration of the municipal sign, pool and development charges by-laws.

You may need to apply for one or more permits when you plan to renovate or build on your property. Please contact Building staff to find out if permits are required for your project.

  • Applicable Law Checklist
  • Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
  • As-constructed Foundation Control Certificate
  • Building Division Complaint Form
  • Commitment to General Reviews by Architect and Engineers
  • Demolition Sign-Off Sheet
  • Energy Efficiency Design Form SB-10
  • Energy Efficiency Design Summary and Guide SB-12 - Performance Method
  • Application for Review for Building Additions, Renovations and Additional Buildings
  • Application for a Search of Records

Building permits and applications will be available online soon. Please E-Mail the Building division or call 705-324-9411 extension to access building permits and applications.

Burn permits (open air burning)

Kawartha Lakes By-Law 2016-110 outlines all open air burning regulations in the City. If all requirements are met and the fire is no larger than 60 cm in diameter, you will not need a burn permit.

There are different types of permits for open air burning. You must get permits with "special" in the title through Fire Prevention. You can get all other permits by visiting your nearest Municipal Service Centre, library branch or fire station.

All burn events must be conducted at least 5 m from trees, brush piles or any other combustible materials. The fire area must be at least 15 m from any buildings including sheds and detached garages. Some types of permits may require the Fire Service to conduct a site visit. It can take up to seven business days for you to receive a site visit.

 

Please call 705-324-5731 for more information about burn permits.

Regular Burn Permit

Cost: $10.50

  • required for fires up to one cubic metre
  • valid for one burn event

Annual Regular Burn Permit

Cost: $52.50

  • required for fires up to one cubic metre
  • valid until December 31 of the year issued

Special Burn Permit

Cost: $21

  • required for fires larger than one cubic metre
  • valid for one burn event
  • special provisions for containment and control may be required
  • a site visit may be required

Long Term Special Burn Permit

Cost: $41

  • required for fires larger than one cubic metre
  • valid for multiple burn events held during a specific time frame
  • special provisions for containment and control may be required
  • a site visit may be required

Agricultural Burn Permit

Cost: $21

  • required for burns on farm properties that are part of normal farm practices
  • valid until December 31 of the year issued
  • maximum burn size of 3 metres by 3 metres
  • burns must be at least 50 metres away from buildings and 25 metres away from trees, fences, brush piles or other combustible materials

Agricultural Special Burn Permit

Cost: $42

  • required for burns on farm properties that are part of normal farm practices
  • maximum burn size of 3 metres by 3 metres
  • burns must be at least 50 metres away from buildings and 25 metres away from trees, fences, brush piles or other combustible materials
  • a site visit may be required

Campgrounds, trailer parks and tourist camps

If you own a campground, trailer park or tourist camp you must get an annual permit for campfires within your facility. For more information call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Charitable gaming

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) authorizes the City of Kawartha Lakes to issue charitable gaming licences to charitable, not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate an eligible mandate including:

  • relief of poverty
  • advancement of education
  • advancement of religion
  • other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

Organizations must submit an eligibility package to the City and receive approval prior to applying for a charitable gaming licence.

To apply for eligibility, please complete the Eligibility Application and submit with a non-refundable $25.00 fee.

You can E-Mail the City Licensing Officer or call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 if you have questions about the licensing process.

 

Consent (severance)

A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new adjoining properties. This is commonly known as a consent. It is required if you want to sell, mortgage, charge or enter into any agreement for (at least 21 years) a portion of your land. If the two parts are split readily, by road or railway for example, consent is not needed.

The City of Kawartha Lakes has an approved official plan with specific policies and requirements for land severance. In addition to the division of land, rights-of -way, easements and any change of your existing property boundaries also require land severance approval.

Land Severance Application Forms are available online and at all City Service Centres.

Before you apply for a land severance, you should consult with Planning Division staff. They will explain the process, how to apply, what supporting material you must submit, if there are any requirements for special studies set out in the Official Plan, and what other permits and approvals (such as a Septic System Permit) may be required.

  •  Consents Process Guide
  •  Consents Application
  •  Consent Inquiries Info Sheet
  •  Consent Potential Inquiry Form

For more information contact the Planning Division.

Death registration

The Office of the City Clerk provides various services required by Provincial legislation including the registration of deaths, in accordance with the Vital Statistics Act. This service is available to Funeral and Cremation Centres at City Hall or any Municipal Service Centre.

The Office of the Registrar General issues birth and death certificates. You can complete the application for a birth or death certificate online. Paper applications are available at the City of Kawartha Lakes Clerk's Office located at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay ON, K9V 5R8.

Decks

Building permits are required for all structures exceeding 10 square metres (108 square feet), including structures less than 10 square metres that are attached or directly adjacent to another structure, as well as all plumbing installations and alterations.

Permits are not required for decks less than 0.6 metres (2 feet) above grade.

Please contact the Building Division office if you are unsure if a building permit is required.

Development applications and charges

The Planning and Development division of our Development Services department is responsible for processing the following development applications:

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.

Site Plan Application

Condominium Conversion Application

  •  Condominium Conversion Process Guide and Application

Municipal Consents (Severances)

Consent Inquiry Fees

A fee is being charged for determining the consent potential.  A number of designations in the official plan limit the number of consents that can be granted.  There are also other factors that must be taken into consideration such as agricultural potential of the land, potential for flooding or if it has environmental constraints such as a wetland.

In order to determine if a lot has consent potential, it is necessary to review records to see if previous consents have been granted in the past thirty plus years.  Also the official plan and zoning by-law must be reviewed to determine the applicable land use designations and policies and the existing zoning.  A review of air photos may also be required to look at potential conflicts such as appropriate setbacks between buildings potentially suitable for housing livestock and residential or other sensitive land uses.  A review of the assessment information may also be required.

There are also a number of new provincial policies, guidelines, and regulations that must be considered also.  These include the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) that came into effect in on April 30, 2014, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe that came into effect on June 16, 2006 and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001 and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (O. Reg. 140/02) and the Minimum Distance Separation Formula (MDS) in January 2007.

To review all of the above information, takes time to do.  The City undertook a review of all the fees being charged and it was determined that the fee reflects the average cost for staff to determine the consent potential and prepare a response.

It is not necessary to have a Consent Inquiry prepared.  You can apply directly for a consent.  However it may be determined that there is no consent potential and staff will recommend that the consent not be granted based on the official plan policies or the various policies established by the Province.

Part-Lot Control Application

Part Lot Control Application

Deeming By-Law Application

Deeming By-Law Application

Minor Variance Application

  •  Minor Variance Process Guide
  •  Minor Variance Application
  •  Pre-screening Application for Minor Variance

Rezoning Application

Subdivision, Condominium and Official Plan Application

911 Number Sign Application

Complete a 911 Sign Application. 

Dog licences

For the safety and security of all dogs, each owner is required to register their pet in accordance with By-Law 2012-209.Please complete this form and submit with a copy of a veterinarian's certificate of rabies vaccination, proof of dog's altered state, if applicable and appropriate registration fee to any Municipal Service Centre or library branch within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Entrance permit

All entrances should be constructed in a professional and responsible manner applying proper, acceptable construction and safety techniques.

It is the responsibility of the owner/contractor to ensure all relevant agency permits are obtained before starting construction. Work within the regulatory flood plain requires permitting from the local conservation authority. For details on flood mapping, please contact the associated conservation authority.

When submitting an entrance permit, please ensure that the following information is completed on the application.

  • Ensure that all areas of the application are completed fully (including mailing address (with postal code) and phone numbers - contact information must be current;
  • Location of the proposed entrance - lot, concession, former township, road name civic address and/or nearest 911 number (if possible) and roll number;
  • In order to facilitate site inspection, the location of the proposed entrance is to be staked;
  • The map on front of the application should include the following: lot location, road name, indication of distance from lot lines and natural features and direction.

Completed entrance applications should be submitted to your local Building Division Office:

  • Building Department, 180 Kent St. West, Lindsay
  • Coboconk Service Centre, 9 Grandy Rd., Coboconk
  • Bobcaygeon Service Centre, 123 East St., Bobcaygeon
  • Omemee Service Centre, 1 King St. W., Omemee

Event application

The City of Kawartha Lakes appreciates the importance of special events in enhancing the quality of life, tourism, culture, recreation and education and in providing economic benefits to the local economy.

The Municipal Event Application (MEA) is a strategic resource for individuals hosting an event with an anticipated attendance of more than 500 individuals within Kawartha Lakes.

 

Fee schedule

The City of Kawartha Lakes Fees By-law establishes fees for services offered by the City.

Fences

Contact the building department for information about constructing a fence. For information on building a fence on an undisputed property line, see Line Fences.

Fireworks sales

A Sale of Consumer Fireworks licence is required for all businesses selling consumer fireworks in the City.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

 

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information requests can be filed at the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay ON, K9V 5R8 by completing this form:

For more information, visit our Freedom of Information page.

 

Garage or shed

See the Building Permit section for information about necessary permits. 

Inspections

Visit the My Property page for information about building inspections. 

Kennel

A kennel licence is required for all persons who operate a kennel for the purposes of breeding, boarding, or training, whether for profit or not for profit including the keeping of hunting dogs.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

 

Limited Service Agreement for Roads

Please visit the Roads and Parking section of our website for more information.

Line Fences

The Line Fences Act provides a method to resolve disputes between neighbours constructing a fence on an undisputed property line. Fences being built off of the property line are permitted without a neighbour's consent if the fence being constructed is compliant with any appropriate zoning by-laws or building codes (see Fences for more information).

What can I do if my neighbour is not willing to share the cost of a fence on the property line?

It is always best to try to resolve the issue with your neighbour before requesting the Fence-Viewers. Discuss with your neighbour the type of fence you want and the reasons why you want the fence to try to resolve this issue. If a fence cannot be agreed upon, you can initiate the process for requesting the Fence-Viewers to view the site and make an award. 

Can the City or the Fence-Viewers determine my property lines?

The Fence-Viewers cannot determine the location of the boundary between two properties. This is a civil matter and may require a survey and the advice of lawyers. The City does not keep survey records on file. You may consider contacting a local surveyor to have property lines marked out for you and your neighbour if the property line is in question.

Does the Line Fences Act also govern the design and construction of fences?

If the Fence-Viewers are requested to arbitrate and they hold a hearing and make an award stating that a fence is required, the award must include a description of the fence to be built and materials to be used. If the part of the City you are in has a by-law that sets out the height and description of lawful fences, the description of the fence specified in the award must conform to the by-law.

May I call a Fence-Viewer directly for advice on my situation?

Fence-Viewers do not give advice. If you have questions about the process, please call 705-324-9411 extension 1341 or 1342 or E-Mail the Clerks Office.

How do I get a Fence-Viewer to come to my property?

Forms for initiating the process to request Fence-Viewers to attend are available at City Hall. Complete the form 'Owner's Request for Fence-Viewers - Dispute' and mail or deliver it to:

City Clerk's Office

26 Francis Street, P.O. Box 9000,

Lindsay, ON, K9V 5R8

Remember to provide a description of both your property and your neighbours, including the property assessment roll number. Attaching a diagram of the property is very helpful to City staff and Fence-Viewers.

If you have questions about the process, please call 705-324-9411 extension 1341 or 1342 or E-Mail the Clerks Office.

When can Fence-Viewers attend my property?

The municipality does not process any fence viewing applications between November 1 and the following March 31, unless authorized by Council.

What does it cost to have Fence-Viewers attend?

The administration fee is $110.00, plus three Fence Viewer fees at $70.00 per Fence-Viewer and mileage at the City's prevailing rate. Fence-Viewers are required to view the site. The responsibility for payment of these fees is paid for by the parties involved. The percentage to be paid by each party is determined by the Fence-Viewers as part of their award.

Can I appeal the decision of the Fence-Viewers?

An owner who is dissatisfied with the award may appeal the Fence-Viewers Award.  You have fifteen days from the date of receiving a certified copy of the award to initiate an appeal.  An award is deemed to have been received seven days after being sent by registered mail. A cheque or money order to cover the appeal fee, payable to the "Minister of Finance", must accompany the appeal. The appeal fee increases each year. To get the current appeal fee please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website. If you require further information on appealing an award please call 705-324-9411 extension 1341 or 1342 or E-Mail the Clerks Office.

Liquor Licence

The City facilitates the municipal approval process for new liquor licence applications and temporary extensions to licenced areas. To obtain an application for the sale or service of alcohol, contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario or your local LCBO store. As part of the completion of your application, you will be required to notify and/or obtain clearance from the City of Kawartha Lakes for liquor sales licences and temporary liquor licence extensions.

The City of Kawartha Lakes has a fee for the processing of municipal liquor licence approvals. The fees are as follows: New Liquor Licence Applications -  $100.00 per application, Temporary Extension to Licenced Areas - $50.00 for each application.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Livestock predation

Livestock and poultry producers are entitled to make claims to their local municipality for livestock injuries or kills due to predation by coyotes, dogs, wolves and other wildlife under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. More information on this program can be found on the Animal Services section of our website.

Take Immediate Action

  1. Notify a nearby Municipal Predation Investigator (Livestock Valuer) within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death of your livestock or poultry. Contact information can be found below.
  2. Preserve the injury/kill site: Do not move, destroy or dispose of the carcass(es) or injury/kill-site evidence until the municipal or territorial investigator has investigated and agrees it/they can be destroyed or disposed of. An exception will be made if this contravenes Ontario Regulation 106/09 of the Nutrient Management Act, 2002. Suggested methods of preserving the site include avoid walking in or around the area, placing a tarp over the carcass(es), adding lime around the site, and taking photos of the injuries/carcass(es) and scene.
  3. Seek veterinary care: If an animal sustained an injury, immediately seek veterinary care or other humane treatment options to prevent further suffering. Veterinary care costs are eligible under this program up to the Fair Market Value of the livestock. All receipts and invoices should be saved and submitted with the application.
 Muncipal Livestock Predation Investigator Contact Information
If you believe you have suffered an injury or kill of livestock or poultry due to predation, you should immediately notify a nearby Predation Investigator by calling them directly.

You may also contact the City Clerk's Office at:

Office of the City Clerk

26 Francis Street, P.O. Box 9000

Lindsay, ON K9V 4R5

Phone: (705) 324-9411 extension 1341 or 1342

E-Mail the Clerks Office

 Downeyville
 Keith Hughes, 705-799-6486
 Fenelon Falls
 Brian Vanderkleyn, 705-887-5388
 Lindsay
John Hope, 705-324-7733

Wayne Daniels, 705-324-3027

 Little Britain
 Barry Dart, 705-786-9020 
 Oakwood
 Harvey Risebrough, 705-953-9407
 Woodville
 Robert MacEachern, 705-439-2248

Lottery Licence

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) authorizes the City of Kawartha Lakes to issue charitable gaming licences to charitable, not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate an eligible mandate, including:

  • relief of poverty
  • advancement of education
  • advancement of religion
  • other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

Organizations must submit an eligibility package to the City and receive approval prior to applying for a charitable gaming licence.
To apply for eligibility, please complete the Eligibility Application and submit with a non-refundable $25.00 fee.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

 

Marriage

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment.  To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall at 705-324-9411. Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide one original piece of government-issued identification (i.e. driver's licence, passport, birth certificate).  Please note that a health card will not be accepted as a form of identification. 
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, a birth certificate of the absent person will be required.  Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the certificate of divorce will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

The City does not have staff available to perform civil ceremonies, however, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 or E-Mail the Clerks Office.

Minor Variance

  •  Minor Variance Process Guide
  •  Minor Variance Application
  •  Pre-screening Application for Minor Variance

Motor vehicle racing facility

A licence is required for all businesses that operate lands, buildings, or structures for the use and/or purposes of motor vehicle racing.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Noise By-law Exemption

If your special event or construction activity may violate the Noise By-law you must apply for a Noise By-law Exemption from City Council. Contact the Office of the City Clerk for how to get your Noise By-law Exemption Request to an upcoming Council Meeting.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 or E-Mail the Clerks Office.

Official Plan Amendment 

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 m 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.

 

Plan of Subdivision

Pool permit

Any swimming pool capable of containing a water depth of greater than 1.2 metres (48 inches) of water requires a pool permit.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Pool By-law 2005-314 outlines the requirements for the installation of both above ground and in ground swimming pools and the associated fencing requirements. The Pool By-law regulates all private pools servicing 1-5 dwelling units.

The Ontario Building Code regulates all public pools, which includes private pools servicing 6 or more dwelling units. Common examples of public pools are pools servicing trailer parks, cottage establishments and hotels/motels. A building permit is required to install these types of pools.

Resources

Property Taxes

Visit our Taxes page for information about due dates, notification options, payment and the appeals process.

Tax Rebates 

We offer tax rebates for the following criteria:

Low Income Senior and Disabled Persons Programs 

Council grants eligible seniors and disabled property owners up to $175. Please read the eligibility requirements and complete the Low Income Senior and Disabled Persons Tax Assistance Form to submit an application for this program.

You can pick up an application form at any Municipal Service Centre or City Hall. The deadline to apply for this program is June 30, 2017. Successful applicants will receive a credit applied to future tax installments. The City does not issue refunds for this program.

If you are on a monthly pre-authorized payment plan the credit will be applied towards your reconciliation payment. For those on the instalment due date plan, the credit will be applied to the September instalment.

Vacancy Tax Rebate

Commercial and industrial property owners who have a vacant unit or units for at least three consecutive months can apply for the Vacancy Tax Rebate. You must apply by February 28 annually for the previous year.

Registered Charity Tax Rebate

Registered charitable organizations renting space in commercial or industrial properties can apply for the Registered Charity Tax Rebate. 

Refreshment Vehicle

A Refreshment Vehicle Licence is required for all mobile food vendors including chip trucks, catering trucks, hotdog carts, ice cream carts, portable bbq's, etc.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Road permits and applications

 

Salvage Yard

A licence is required for all automobile wrecking yards or a place designed or intended to receive scrap metals or other materials.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Seasonal Trailer Park

A Seasonal Trailer Park Licence is required for all persons operating a business wherein land is made available to the public to locate trailers, tents, recreational vehicles.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

 

Septic systems and permits

Sewage system permits are required for all private on-site sewage systems with a daily design sewage flow of 10,000 litres per day or less, for new installations, replacement installations and additions and repairs.

Sewage system permits are not required for Class 1 systems, privies or portable toilets, however standards still apply. Please contact the Building Division Lindsay office if you are unsure if a permit is required or for clarification of requirements.

For more information, visit the My Property page

Sign permit 

Kawartha Lakes Council has supported a review of the Sign By-law 2009-076 to address concerns raised by the Lindsay Downtown BIA.  A draft LDBIA specific schedule has been prepared for public consultation.

Site Plan Approval

Source protection 

It is important to be aware of source protection areas at all times.

To determine if your property is in a source water protection area, and to access permits and other planning and information resources, visit the Kawartha Conservation website.

City of Kawartha Lakes Source Protection Plans can be found under the Trent Conservation Authorities website as well as under the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe website and the Ontario Government website

Special events

A licence is required for events on private property for more than 350 attendees.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

 

Specialized transit application (LIMO) 

LIMO Specialized Transit is a shared door to door public transit service for people with physical or functional disabilities who are not able to use conventional public transit. It operates in the town of Lindsay.

You must complete a two part application form before you can use LIMO Specialized Transit. You can fill out section A of the form yourself and must have your health care professional fill out section B. Use the contact information on the back of the form to send your finished application to the Transit office.

If you have questions please call 705-324-3331.

 

Taxicab and limousine 

A licence is required for all taxicab and limousine businesses, vehicles, and drivers.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Tile drainage

The Tile Drainage Loan Program allows landowners to access loan funding through the City for the installation of Tile Drainage Systems on their agricultural land. Applications for the loan program are available at the Office of the City Clerk, and information on Tile and other Municipal Drainage can be obtained by contacting the Municipal Drainage Superintendent.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 or E-Mail the Clerks Office.

Transient trader 

A licence is required for all businesses that travel from place to place, door-to-door sales, and vendors at community events.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411 extension 1343 or E-Mail the City Licensing Officer.

Water or sewer 

  • To enroll in utility billing, complete an Application for Service.
  • If you are going away and would like your utilities to be turned off, complete a Seasonal Turn On / Turn Off Application . Submit this application five business days prior to the service request date;
  • To register for pre-authorized debit for water and wastewater, complete the PAD Agreement Application.

If you have questions please call 705-324-9411.

Zoning by-law amendment

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in a municipality. It states:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setback from the streets and other lot lines

If you want to use or develop your property in a way not allowed by a zoning by-law, you may have to apply for a zoning change, also known as a rezoning or a zoning by-law amendment. The approval of any rezoning rests with Council but Council can only consider a change if the new use is allowed by the Official Plan. If the new use is not allowed in the Official Plan, you may also require an amendment to the Official Plan.

Read the Guide to the Rezoning Process for more information.

For applications, licences and permits not listed here, contact Customer Service 705-324-9411.

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