Planning Services administers the Zoning Certificate (ZC) process which is the preliminary review of the submitted plans to confirm compliance with the Town of Collingwood Zoning By-Law  and applicable law compliance, allowing a complete application for a building permit.  

How to Apply

Register, Accept, and apply for your Zoning Certificate from the Town's 24/7 service the secure Cityview Public Portal. 

The Fee for a Zoning Certificate is determined by the current Fees and Services Bylaw.  The fee will be displayed on the Cityview Public Portal and paid via credit card as you work through the steps on-line.

General Information
  • A Zoning Certificate (ZC) may not be a requirement for any project that was the subject of an extensive Planning Act application review.  Contact your assigned planner if you have questions.
  • We do not need a ZC for interior works including, but not limited to, replacement of plumbing fixtures, furnaces or water heater, electrical work, cosmetic work such as painting, decorating, or replacing kitchen cupboards. 
  • Although we do not require a ZC everyone must follow the provisions of the Town of Collingwood Zoning By-Law.
  • Although Building Services may not require a ZC you may still require a building permit.
  • All ZC expire one year from the date they are issued.
  • Is your property found within the Downtown Collingwood Heritage Conservation District or your building Designated under the Heritage Act, you may need a permit.  Our site Heritage Collingwood will guide you.
  • Use our interactive map(s) to find zoning information or heritage information relating to specific properties.
  •  All drawings, reports, and forms, must be provided in a PDF format and supplied to Planning Services using the Cityview Public Portal.

The Applicant or applicants' Agent must supply, 

Real Property Report

We would appreciate a  Surveyors Real Property Report (Survey) if available.

Site Plan

A detailed site plan, fully dimensioned and showing adjacent properties and buildings including setbacks. Your drawings must clearly show what is existing and the changes you’re proposing. Drawings must be to scale and be in metric measurements. We may request additional information when your application is reviewed.

Floor Plans

Floor plans, fully dimensioned indicating uses of all spaces.

Elevations and Cross-Sections

Applicable elevations and cross-sections.

The site plan must include the following:
  • Be to Scale (metric only)
  • Direction (North arrow)
  • Municipal (civic) address
  • Existing buildings and accessory structures labelled “existing”
  • Proposed construction ( label “Proposed” )
  • Dimensioned property lines
  • Overall building dimensions
  • Height of new buildings or structures
  • Rights-of-way and easements
  • Landscaped areas and hard surfaces such as driveways and walkways
  • Setbacks from all property lines to all new structures
  • Lot area
  • Lot frontage
  • Lot coverage (meters squared and percent)
  • Description or breakdown of what is included in coverage
  • Driveway width
  • Driveway setback to adjacent property line(s)
  • Driveway surface treatment
  • Dimension of any walkway attachment width to driveway
  • Use of the property and the proposal
  • Height of proposal

Water Allocation information

For any questions about the Zoning Certificate process or any other planning process,  contact Planning Services,  

Example of a Sample Site Plan

This is an image of a sample site plan