The planning department is responsible for helping the community establish and implement their long-range community development plan and vision. Community planning promotes the goals of economic prosperity, community vitality, environmental responsibility and enriched cultural identity in a way that reflects the community while respecting provincial policy. It is based on a system that is open, accessible, timely, efficient, coordinated and accountable.

From city-wide initiatives to your neighbourhood park, the services offered by the department play an important role in shaping the future of Smiths Falls, based on its diverse needs and opportunities.

Explore our pages to find a wide range of information and resources relating to planning and development processes, planning policy projects, parks and environmental preservation, heritage building conservation, licenses, permits and by-law enforcement.

Considering a development? This department is initial contact for the coordinated review and processing of development proposals, site plans, severances or consents, zoning or official plan applications and zoning letters and inquiries.

Contact: Karl Grenke (
Phone: 613-283-4124 ext. 1116
Fax: 613-283-4764
Address: P.O. Box 695, 77 Beckwith St. N., Smiths Falls, Ontario, K7A 4T6

Zoning and Official Plan Schedules are available through the Town’s Interactive Map:

Interactive Maps

Parking Study

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Planning Application Fees and Charges:

2015 Planning Fees and Charges
Application Type 2015 Fee
Residential Development Agreement $1,000
Official Plan Amendment $2,000
Zoning By-law Amendment $2,000
Minor Variance $500
Consent $1,000
Site Plan Control Application $1,500
Subdivision Agreement $1,000 + $10 per lot over 50 lots
Condominium Agreement $3,000
Encroachment Agreement $200
Zoning Certificate $50
Compliance Letters $50
Official Plan Letter $50
Confirmation of Other Property Info $50
Work Orders $50
Copy of the Official Plan $76.50
Copy of the Zoning By-law $65
Base Administration Fee $1,000
FIT Application Review $1,000
Development Permit System – Class I $2,400
Cash in lieu of Parking $750
Amending Agreements $1,000
File Re-activation Fees for files closed for more than 12 months 50% of the original fee
Lifting of a Holding $750
Road Closure $1,000
Deeming $200
Lifting of Part Lot Control $1,000
Extension of Draft Approval $1,000
Validation of title $500
Temporary Use Extensions $750
Major Subdivision Revisions $1,500
Expedited Compliance Certificates $60
Development Permit System – Class II $500

Additional costs incurred by the Town in processing the application may be charged back to the applicant (please refer to the specific application and fee by-law for details).** Please contact the Planning Department for a pre-consultation prior to filing any applications.

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