Shoreline Permit Process

Step 1: Pre-Consultation

Do I require a Shoreline Permit?

All residential properties with frontage on Lake Simcoe will require a Shoreline Permit.   A pre-consultation meeting with one of our Development Coordinators is recommended to ensure the Applicant and the Town have an opportunity to discuss the development proposal and confirm the supporting materials required for a formal submission.

How do I book a pre-consultation meeting?

Pre-consultation meetings are booked on a first come first serve basis and take place at Town Hall, 2101 Innisfil Beach Road.  Please contact us at shorelinepermit@innisfil.ca  to arrange a meeting with one of our Development Coordinators.   

What do I need to bring to the pre-consultation meeting?

Please ensure a completed Shoreline Permit application form is filled out a concept plan (site plan) is provided showing the location of property lines and setbacks to any existing and proposed structures.  

What can I expect at the pre-consultation meeting?

At the pre-consultation meeting you will meet with one of our Development Coordinators to go over your application and proposal for a Shoreline Permit.  The Development Coordinator will ask questions about your proposal and answer any questions you may have.  At the end of the pre-consultation meeting you will be provided with a list of submission requirements, required fees and next steps.   In some cases a site visit may be required.  

What are the different classes of permits?

There are three (3) classes of permits:  Class 3 (or standard), Class 2 (staff variation), or Class 1 (Council Variation).  The Development Coordinator will determine what class of permit you will require at the initial pre-consultation meeting. 

Class
Fee
Review
Class 3
(Standard)
$300.00
Building DepartmentPlanning ServicesLSRCA (review fee required)
Class 2
(Staff Variation)
$850.00
Building DepartmentPlanning ServicesLSRCA (review fee required)
Class 1
(Council Variation)
$2,300.00
Building DepartmentPlanning ServicesLSRCA (review fee required)MNRFTransport Canada

Step 2: Review and Circulation

Once a formal application is received, the Development Coordinator will deem your application complete or incomplete within five (5) business days.  If the application is complete, the Development Coordinator will circulate for comments to relevant approval authorities (both internal and external).     Applications that are not complete will not be circulated until all required submission items identified at the pre-consultation are received.   

Notification Requirements
Class 1 & 3 Permits*No notice is required
Class 1 Permits*Notice of the Application is given by first class mail to residents within a minimum of 60 metres and up to a maximum of 120 metres of the subject property or by the placement of a sign on the street frontages and lake side of the property.
*Notice for all Applications are placed on the Town’s website and are provided to Council for information purposes

When can I expect comments back?

Shoreline Permits are reviewed by staff and external agencies and comments are returned to the Applicant within 45 business days.  

Step 3: Revisions (if required)

If any revisions are required to your submitted material, Town staff will summarize the requirements for you in a “Summary of Comments” which will be sent to you once all comments have been received.  If revisions are required, you will need to re-submit the required drawings to staff for review and comment. 

Once Town staff have received the revised documents (Submission 2), the process will continue with internal staff and external agency review.  

This process continues until staff and external agencies are satisfied with the provided plans and drawings. 

Step 4: Decision

Upon review of a complete Application, the Town may:

  1.   Approve the Application and issue a permit with no conditions;
  2.  Approve the Application subject to conditions being met before the issuance of a permit;
  3.  Approve the Application and issue a permit with conditions attached;
  4.  Approve the Application subject to conditions being met before the issuance of a permit and with conditions attached; or
  5.  Refuse the Application and no permit is issued. 

The Owner can appeal in writing to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) any approval condition or lack of the issuance of a Shoreline Permit. 

If you are required to apply for a building permit, click here to view our Building Permit applications.  Building permit applications can be submitted in a digital form via email.  To submit digitally, please email your complete building permit applications to shorelinepermit@innisfil.ca  

Step 5: Permit

If you are required to apply for a building permit, click here to view our Building Permit applications.  Building permit applications can be submitted in a digital form via email.  To submit digitally, please email your complete building permit applications to shorelinepermit@innisfil.ca .

If you have any questions about the Building Permit process, please contact plansexaminer@innisfil.ca  or 705-436-3740.