Site Plan Approval Information

A site plan approval is required under some land use by-laws before a development permit can be issued. If you are unsure whether you need a site plan approval, please make your development permit or construction permit application, and the planner assigned to the file will contact you to advise you to make your site plan approval application, if required.

*Please note* Substantive Site Plan Approvals in the Downtown Halifax Plan Area require a planning application. Please refer to the Planning Application page for more information on how to apply.

Required documents

In addition to a completed online submission form, you must email the required documentation to permitapps@halifax.ca. All documents and plans required by the land use by-law must be submitted, and may include:

  • A plot plan, drawn to scale
  • Floor plans
  • Elevation drawings
  • Parking layout
  • Landscaping plan
  • Any other information required by the development officer

How to apply

Complete the online submission form and email required documentation to permitapps@halifax.ca.  

Application fee

Each application for site plan approval costs $500.

Notification of approval and appeal process

Pursuant to the Halifax Regional Municipal Charter, all assessed property owners within 30 metres of the applicant’s property are notified of the approved site plan approval by mail. The property owner served notice has 14 days from the date of notice of approval is received to appeal the Development Officer’s decision to the Municipal Clerk. The Municipal Clerk will refer the appeal to the applicable Community Council for consideration. The notice is deemed to have been received on the third day after being mailed.

If the Development Officer refuses the requested site plan approval, a notice is sent to the applicant by mail. The applicant may, within seven days of receipt of the notice, appeal the Development Officer’s decision to the Municipal Clerk. The Municipal Clerk will refer the appeal to the applicable Community Council for consideration. Property owners within 30 metres will be notified of the appeal and may speak at the Hearing. The notice is deemed to have been received on the third day after being mailed.
If the Development Officer’s decision is appealed, the appeal is presented to the Community Council for a final decision.

For further information, please refer to the appropriate sections of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter (s.246 to 248).