Temporary Planning Application Intake Process
Please note the municipality has instituted a temporary solution for the intake of planning applications:
• Applicants are encouraged to digitally submit new planning applications for Rezoning, Municipal Plan Amendments, Development Agreements, Regional Centre or Downtown Halifax Site Plan Approvals. Digital applications may be submitted via e-mail in PDF format (each email limited to a maximum 30 MB file size) to the attention of Carl Purvis – Planning Applications Program Manager.
• Revised drawings and/or any amended application information for current files can also be submitted digitally, directly to the planner assigned to your file. Planners have the resources needed to review and circulate these materials electronically to all involved stakeholders.
• For the time being, applications will be accepted without the required fees. The submission of fees will be resolved as part of the application review process.
The municipality is committed to taking important steps in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for helping with the community effort to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Throughout this very difficult time, the safety of our customers and staff remain our top priority. We truly appreciate your patience as we design and implement this new process.
Why submit a Planning Application?
A Planning Application is required when a rezoning or development agreement is requested. These applications must be consistent with municipal planning policies and can be considered by a Community Council. Planning applications must be accompanied by a completed planning application form. The plans or documents required to support the application are listed on the form.
Regional Centre Site Plan Approval
Many development proposals within the Regional Centre Plan Area are subject to Site Plan Approval. Site Plan Approval assures the proposal complies with the use, built form, design requirements of the Regional Centre Land Use By-law and is required in advance of approval of a permit.
There are three levels of Site Plan Approvals in the Regional Centre. View detailed information on the applicable level of Site Plan Approval. Applications for Site Plan Approval in the Regional Centre must be accompanied by the correct, completed application form:
Site Plan Approval (Level I) Application Form
Site Plan Approval (Level II) Application Form, also complete the Design Checklist
Site Plan Approval (Level III) Application Form, also complete the Design Checklist
The plans and documents required to accompany the application are listed on the form.
Applicants are encouraged to submit new applications digitally. Digital applications may be submitted via e-mail in PDF format (each email limited to a maximum 30 MB file size) to the attention of Carl Purvis – Planning Applications Program Manager.
Downtown Halifax Site Plan Approval
A Downtown Halifax Substantive Site Plan Approval is submitted when development is being proposed within the Downtown Halifax Land Use By-law area, and this development is not exempt from a Substantive Site Plan Approval Application as per the terms of the Downtown Halifax land By-law in Section 5(11). Under the site plan approval process, development proposals within Downtown Halifax Plan area must meet the land use and building envelope requirements of the Land Use By-law (LUB), as well as the requirements of the By-law’s Design Manual. The process requires approvals by both the Development Officer and the Design Review Committee. Applicants for Non-Substantive Site Plan Approval must be accompanied by the Downtown Halifax Non-Substantive Site Plan Approval Application Form, and applications for a substantive Site Plan Approval must be accompanied by the Downtown Halifax Substantive Site Plan Approval Application Form, and also consult the Downtown Halifax Site Plan Approval Application Submission Requirements checklist to confirm what information is required at the time of application.
Why submit a Municipal Planning Strategy Amendment?
An Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) Amendment is submitted when the desired use or development on a piece of land is not permitted within the existing Council-approved policies that apply to the area. Amendments to an MPS are significant undertakings and Council is under no obligation to consider such requests. Amendments should be only considered within the broader planning context or when there is reason to believe there has been a change to the circumstances since the policy was adopted or last reviewed. Applications for MPS amendment should be accompanied by a complete MPS Application form.