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Applications, Licences and Permits

The following is a list of common application forms, 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. 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.

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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 visit the building permits page on the My Property page for more information and to access forms and applications under the Forms, applications and information sheets tab.

Please E-Mail the Building division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1288 for further information on building permits and applications or to find out if building permits are required for your project.

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.

Cannabis

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the federal government. It is now legal to purchase and use cannabis for recreational purposes across Canada.

Visit the City's Cannabis page for information on cannabis retail stores, purchasing cannabis, consumption of cannabis, reporting prohibited cannabis use, and more.

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.

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 visit the My Property page for more information on building permits, email the Building Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1288 if you are unsure if a building permit is required.

Development Applications

The Planning and Development division of our Development Services department is responsible for processing development applications. Visit the Planning and Development page to learn about development charges.

Dog Licences

For the safety and security of all dogs, each owner is required to register their pet in accordance with By-Law 2017-039. 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 online or 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

Visit the My Property page and click on the building permits - forms, applications and information sheets tab to download Entrance permit general information sheet and Instructions for completing an application form.

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

Fences are regulated by the Fence By-law in Kawartha Lakes. 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 Permits section of the My Property page for information about necessary permits. 

Inspections pertaining to building permits

Minimum 48 hours notice is required when booking a building inspection.

Visit the My Property page to access the Contact information tab for contact numbers for arranging 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 (fences built on property lines)

Property owners both have the right to build a fence, compliant with the Fence By-law, on the property line. As both parties have the same right for one fence, this can sometimes cause disputes. The municipality always recommends resolving your dispute between yourself and your neighbour on terms that are suitable to everyone. If a dispute is unavoidable and:

  • There is no dispute about the location of the property line (property line disputes are civil matters dealt with by the courts and/or local land surveyor firms);
  • A fence has not already been constructed, or materials purchased; and
  • The proposed fence is not replacing a fence that is generally in a state of good repair
  • No other legal situation applies (swimming pools, condition of severance, subdivision agreement terms).

Then either one of two laws may apply to your situation:

Your property location within Kawartha Lakes determines which law applies to your situation. The Fence Cost Sharing By-law applies to all properties designated in the Official Plan as:

  • Urban (Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, Woodville)
  • Hamlet (smaller villages in Kawartha Lakes such as Coboconk, Kirkfield, Oakwood, Pontypool, Sturgeon Point, etc.)
  • Waterfront (lakeside and riverside locations throughout Kawartha Lakes with significant residential and seasonal development); and
  • Development Plan Areas

The Line Fences Act applies to all other areas not covered by the Fence Cost Sharing By-law listed above. This typically includes (but is not limited to);

  • Agricultural properties
  • Rural or forested properties
  • Severed residential lots in rural areas

Use the Fence Dispute Mapping Tool to determine which law applies to your property. When the fence is being constructed between two properties that are in the two different regulation areas, the Line Fences Act applies.

More information about both laws and commonly asked questions can be found on Fences Built on Property Line section of the My Property page.

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 -  $105.00 per application, Temporary Extension to Licenced Areas - $53.00 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.
 Municipal 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 (Emily, Verulam Area)
 Keith Hughes, 705-799-6486
 Fenelon Falls (Fenelon, Somerville, Bexley, Laxton-Digby-Longford Area)
 Brian Vanderkleyn, 705-887-5388
 Lindsay (Ops, Manvers Area)

Harvey Risebrough, 705-320-7763

John Hope, 705-731-7006

Wayne Daniels, 705-324-3027

 Little Britain (Mariposa Area)
 Barry Dart, 705-340-9061
 Woodville (Eldon, Carden, Dalton Area)
 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

More information about getting married can be found on the Marriage Services page.

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.

 

Patio License Agreements

Restaurant or café owners can apply for a Patio License Agreement to allow them to extend their premises onto the City’s public right-of-way (sidewalk) from May 1st to October 31st. Patio Licenses are non-transferable and valid only for the location specified on the agreement and are required to be applied for each year. The purpose of the license is to ensure patios are established in a safe and orderly manner and to promote pedestrian uses and increase street level activity. For more information on the Patio License Agreement process contact Engineering and Corporate Assets.

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

For more information visit the My Property page.

Property Taxes

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

Public Display of Fireworks

Apply for a permit to hold a public display of fireworks.

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.

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, applications and Municipal Consent

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 

The City of Kawartha Lakes Sign By-law 2009-076 regulates advertising signs and specifically requires permits. Including most signs located within the urban boundaries of the Village of Bobcaygeon, Village of Fenelon Falls and Town of Lindsay.

The Ontario Building Code regulates all advertising signs, with a few exceptions.

For more information visit the My Property page.

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.

 

You can access an Application for Tile Loan on the Ontario Government website.

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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