Planning Services

The City of St. Thomas Planning Department is responsible for providing a full range of land use planning functions and services on behalf of the City of St. Thomas and by agreement through the Central Elgin Planning Advisory Committee (CEPAC) to the Municipality of Central Elgin.

Planning Department Responsibilities


The Planning Department provides the day to day operations and long term planning services in the following areas:

  • Development and maintenance of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law
  • Support to City Council on all matters related to land use planning
  • Preparation and review of all development applications (Site Plan Approvals, Plan of Subdivision/Condominiums, Holding Zone Removals, Severances/Consent, Minor Variances, Official Plan and Zoning Amendments, Part Lot Control and Zoning Reports)
  • Respond to daily enquires
  • Prepare policies and processes to ensure City long term growth and community development
  • Undertake research, special projects and studies
  • Consult with the public and stakeholders and offer advice on planning matters
  • Responsible for the City's base mapping system and Geographic Information System (GIS) data

Planning Application Fees

Tariff of fees for the processing of applications made in respect of planning matters
By-Law 38-2018

Planning Application Forms

Official Plan Amendment

Zoning By-law Amendment

Site Plan Control

Plan of Subdivision/Condominium

Application for Phasing of Subdivision Registrations

Part Lot Control

Consultation for Planning Applications

Applicants are required by By-law No. 30-2015 to consult with the Planning Department prior to submitting one of more of the following planning applications:
- Official Plan Amendment
- Draft Plan of Subdivision/Condominium
- Zoning By-law Amendment
- Site Plan Control
- Consent
- Minor Variance
These applications are also subject to policies and requirements of the City's Official Plan.

There is no fee charged for the consultation meeting.

In the event a consultation meeting does not take place prior to the filing of an application, a consultation meeting will be arranged as soon as possible thereafter. The application will not be formally received, nor will it be processed and the legislated timelines for processing a planning application will not begin until the requirements for a consultation meeting, and the submission of a complete application have been fulfilled.

Consultation Meeting Request
To request a consultation meeting with the Planning Department, please see the attached Consultation Request Form.

There is also a predetermined schedule for Consultation meetings. Please see the attached 2019 Meeting Schedule to ensure that you meet the appropriate deadlines.

Planning Documents- Heritage Conservation District
Heritage Alteration Permit Application Form

By-Law 100-2018
Downtown St. Thomas Heritage Conservation District Plan
Downtown St. Thomas Heritage Conservation District Study
Appendix "E" - Built Heritage Inventories

Airport Zoning By-law
By-Law No. 36-2019 - English Version
By-Law No. 36-2019 - French Version

Planning Studies
2016 Retail Market Study

Current Planning Notices

Please visit the City's notice section on the website to view current planning notices.

Click here to see a map showing the location of all current planning applications.

To find a public meeting date, visit the Event Calendar on the City website.

Contact the Planning & Building Services Department

St. Thomas Planning & Building Services
9 Mondamin Street
St. Thomas, ON
N5P 2T9

Tel: (519) 633-2560
Fax: (519) 633-6581

Click here for Staff Contact Information.

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