Land use planning helps the Town grow and develop in a way that is sustainable and desirable for the community. Planning is a part of almost every aspect of life in Smiths Falls. Land use planning helps: decide where homes and business can be built, suggest good locations for parks, schools and nursing homes; and, define where other important services such as roads and sewers should be placed.

The planning process is directed by the province under the Planning Act. The process is a system that is open, accessible and accountable. All applications submitted to Building Services must comply to by-laws and other rules established by the Town under the Planning Act.  We recommend you speak to a Planner before starting any development to identify any planning approvals that may be needed for the project.

Planning is responsible for both short term and long range planning within the Town including the application processing for Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, Plans of Subdivision, Site Plan Control and more.  Planning staff also manage the Town’s Community Improvement Plan and Municipal Heritage under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Current Applications

  • There are no active Planning Act Applications at this time. 
Supporting documents for the above applications may be obtained by contacting Richard Grant, Planner 1 at 613-283-4124 ext 1123 or

The Town's Planning Advisory Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month. Public Meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, Town Hall at 77 Beckwith Street North, Smiths Falls. The agenda package, including staff reports, on the above noted applications will be posted to the Town's Council Calendar the Monday before the scheduled meeting. 

Planning Application Forms

Planning Application Fees – Approved by By-law 10515-2024

Other Services

Planning services is responsible for other approvals and services such as:

  • Cash-in-lieu of Parking Agreements
  • Civic Addressing
  • Community Improvement Plan
  • Encroachment Agreements
  • Heritage Alteration Permissions 
  • Approvals under the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Plans of Condominium
  • Street Naming
  • Sign Permits
  • Sidewalk Patios and Merchandise Displays
  • Zoning and Building/Work Order Compliance Letters


For information on the these other services, please contact Planner 1 Richard Grant at 613-283-4124 ext 1123 or

Contact Us

Karl Grenke
Manager of Development Services
77 Beckwith Street North
Smiths Falls ON K7A 2B8
Karl Grenke 613-283-4124 x 1116

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