Planning Act approval authority: municipalities and planning boards

Find your planning approval authority.

Municipalities create official plans that set out general planning goals and policies to guide future land use. They also pass zoning by-laws, which set out the rules and regulations that control development as it occurs.

To make a change to land use or to create new lots within Ontario, an applicant (for example, a developer) must make a planning application and seek approval from the appropriate decision maker.

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