Building, Planning & Development


Industrial Park

The Building, Planning & Development Department is responsible for the review of all planning and building related applications, together with implementing the initiatives through Economic Development to further promote development within the Town. The Department processes and approves all planning applications, such as Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Plans of Subdivision, Consents, Minor Variances, Site Plan Control, etc. Applications for Building and Demolition Permits, Sign Permits, Pool Permits, etc. are reviewed for compliance with the Ontario Building Code and Zoning By-law requirements. Administration and enforcement of Municipal By-Laws, including Sign By-law and Property Standards By-law are also conducted within this Department.


The primary role of the Building Department is to promote and assist development in compliance with Federal, Provincial, County and local regulations. By enforcing building codes and assisting builders, the Municipality ensures that the structures are safe, not only for today but for many years to come.

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Building Permits

Prior to beginning a new construction project either outside or inside your home, you must first determine whether you require a permit. Information on obtaining a building permit, the regulations surrounding its proper use, the requirements for obtaining a permit and relevant documentation can be found at this link Building Permits .


The primary role of the Planning Department is to establish, co-ordinate and administer a comprehensive planning program in the Town of Hanover to ensure orderly, socially and economically beneficial physical expansion and development within the planning legislative framework.  Planning and Development staff provide administrative support to the Planning Advisory Committee who is responsible for the preparation and recommendation to Council on applications to amend the Official Plan, and the Zoning By-Law as well as on applications to subdivide land or to approve site plans for individual parcels of land. The Department provides comments to government agencies and local politicians and responds to general enquiries related to land use in the Municipality, as well as specific enquiries related to proposed development applications, plus prepares statistical information and mapping.

Zoning By-Law

Zoning by-laws are a set of regulations governing land uses that implement the policies in the Official Plan. A Zoning by-law contains specific requirements that provide a way of managing land use and future development that is legally enforceable. It also protects property owners from conflicting land uses. Zoning by-laws cover such items as the use of land, where buildings and other structures may be located, the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used, lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, landscape and buffer requirements, building heights and setbacks from property lines. Zoning bylaws are regulated by the Ontario Planning Act.

Amendments to the Zoning By-law are common. Accordingly, all information contained in the link below should be confirmed with Town Staff.

Official Plan

The Official Plan sets goals about how the Town will grow and develop and reach these goals while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind. It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community, including the Provincial Policy Statement on numerous planning issues.

The current Official Plan provides land uses policies for the geographic area in Hanover.