Site Plan Control

Site Plan Approval

The Town of Innisfil welcomes the opportunity to grow, while maintaining a small-town feel that we value and cherish. As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario, it is important that we manage that growth by ensuring that future development is safe, aesthetically pleasing and adheres to our planning policies.

Pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act, and in accordance with the Town’s Official Plan and Site Plan By-law (135-17), the Town of Innisfil designates all lands within the corporate limits within the Town of Innisfil as a Site Plan Control Area. This is based on zoning (established by the Town’s Zoning By-law 080-13) and the type of development proposed. A complete list as well as exceptions to this requirement can be found in the Site Plan By-law (135-17).

Related information: Shoreline Permits

What is Site Plan Control?

Site Plan Control is an essential component of the development review process. The intention is to complement the objectives of the Town’s Official Plan and the requirements of the Town’s Zoning By-law 080-13. The implementation of Site Plan Control enables the Town of Innisfil to ensure that all new development will be designed in accordance with the requirements of all provincial, regional and municipal authorities. When reviewing site plan applications, the Town checks that:

  • The site is safe, appropriate and makes good use of design, landscaping, lighting, etc.;
  • The exterior character, scale, appearance and design features of buildings/structures are appropriate;
  • The proposal suits the character of the area and poses minimal land use conflicts to neighbouring uses;
  • The streetscape is designed to suit the area, be attractive and be functional (landscaping, trees, paving materials, sidewalk features, street furniture, waste/recycling bins, bicycle parking facilities, etc.).
  • Road considerations (e.g. road width, the location/size of driveways, parking lots, loading facilities, garbage collection areas, snow storage/removal areas, etc.) are clearly shown and appropriate;
  • The site is graded properly and any easements needed for public utilities, servicing and/or site drainage have been secured;
  • The site is designed to be convenient and accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers;
  • Fire & Rescue vehicles will be able to safely and quickly enter and exit the site if there is an emergency.
  • Sustainable design, such as Low Impact Development (LID) is used to minimize the impact of the development on the natural environment

Site Plan Process


The pre-consultation meeting with Town staff is a mandatory first step for all development proposal in the Town of Innisfil. Staff from various departments will meet with you to discuss the proposed development and provide guidance, preliminary comments and advise you what plans and studies are required for a formal submission. A record of the pre-consultation is provided to you after the pre-consultation meeting and is valid for one (1) year.
Pre-consultation meetings are managed by the Development Coordinator and are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 PM at Town Hall. To request attendance to a pre-consultation meeting, the applicant must submit the following information to the Development Coordinator at

  1. A completed Request for Pre-consultation Form;
  2. A Site Plan/ Concept Plan
  3. Concept elevation drawings and/or coloured renderings (if available)

Applications & Meeting Dates:


Contact a Development Coordinator listed below to assist with your inquiry. :

Trish Kernen, Development Coordinator  
705-436-3740 Ext. 3320

Sarah Burton Hopkins, Development Coordinator
705-436-3740 Ext. 3504

Nicholas Skerratt, Development Leader  
705-436-3740 Ext. 3314