Category Archives: Planning and Building

Recommended updates create more user-friendly sign bylaw

September 24, 2020

On October 5, City Council will discuss recommendations to update Guelph’s Sign Bylaw including changes that make it clearer and more user-friendly. Continue reading Recommended updates create more user-friendly sign bylaw


Public notice for a new sign at 292 Speedvale Avenue West

September 23, 2020

The City received an application for a variance from the Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended, for 292 Speedvale Avenue West. Continue reading Public notice for a new sign at 292 Speedvale Avenue West


Help plan the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood

September 17, 2020

Provide your feedback about what works well and what could change in the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood by October 9. Continue reading Help plan the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood


Notice of study completion: Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Schedule ‘B’ Gordon Street improvements

September 17, 2020

To improve the safety and mobility for all road users, City of Guelph is proposing a continuous two-way left-turn lane on Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road and Lowes Road with off-street multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Continue reading Notice of study completion: Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Schedule ‘B’ Gordon Street improvements


Help guide where new housing gets added in Guelph

August 26, 2020

Complete the survey by September 24 to help us decide where new housing could be added throughout the developed, or built-up, areas of our city. Continue reading Help guide where new housing gets added in Guelph


Recommended improvements on Gordon Street would improve traffic flows

August 13, 2020

Guelph City Council to discuss recommended changes for Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road and Lowes Road Continue reading Recommended improvements on Gordon Street would improve traffic flows


Notice of intention to designate a heritage property 120 Huron Street

July 20, 2020

The City of Guelph intends to designate the former Northern Rubber Company building at 120 Huron Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest. Continue reading Notice of intention to designate a heritage property 120 Huron Street


City welcomes Krista Walkey as new general manager of Planning and Building Services

June 26, 2020

The City of Guelph welcomes Krista Walkey as it’s new general manager of Planning and Building Services. Continue reading City welcomes Krista Walkey as new general manager of Planning and Building Services


Guelph’s COVID-19 recovery efforts well underway

June 17, 2020

Guelph City Council approves downtown dining district, increasing support for local non-profit organizations and reinstating parking fees, transit fares Continue reading Guelph’s COVID-19 recovery efforts well underway


Guelph making room for temporary patios and curbside pickup

June 11, 2020

The City of Guelph is planning to allow businesses to expand temporary outdoor seating areas starting this weekend. Continue reading Guelph making room for temporary patios and curbside pickup


Guelph temporary seasonal patio program

June 11, 2020

Guelph’s temporary seasonal patio program allows restaurants, and other businesses, throughout the city, to expand outdoor seating and dining areas in order to meet COVID-19 guidelines from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health. Continue reading Guelph temporary seasonal patio program


Council approves Clair-Maltby open space system strategy

May 25, 2020

Guelph Council approved the Clair-Maltby open space system strategy which plans for 38 hectares of open space, equal to almost 47 Canadian football fields. Continue reading Council approves Clair-Maltby open space system strategy


Postponed: March 23 open house shows Urban Design Master Plan for Baker District

March 15, 2020

Open houses (March 23 and April 2) are postponed. You’re invited to attend one of two open houses as we show how the community’s feedback over the past 18 months has influenced the Urban Design Master Plan for the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Postponed: March 23 open house shows Urban Design Master Plan for Baker District


Mandatory water meter inspections

March 4, 2020

All water meters installed for new construction within the City of Guelph shall be inspected by Building Services. Continue reading Mandatory water meter inspections


Staff-recommended open space strategy for Clair-Maltby to be discussed at Council in March

February 20, 2020

City staff is bringing its recommendation for the Clair-Maltby open space system strategy to Council’s Committee of the Whole on March 2. Continue reading Staff-recommended open space strategy for Clair-Maltby to be discussed at Council in March


Join Jennifer Keesmaat, Pamela Robinson and Guelph’s Chief Planner for a conversation about a growing city

February 6, 2020

Thursday February 27 in Guelph, join city planning experts to discuss what it means to be a growing city. Continue reading Join Jennifer Keesmaat, Pamela Robinson and Guelph’s Chief Planner for a conversation about a growing city


City’s Chief Planner retiring in May

February 5, 2020

Continue reading City’s Chief Planner retiring in May


Council approves update to Guelph’s commercial policy

January 28, 2020

The commercial policy framework specifies the location, amount and function of retail and service land throughout Guelph. Continue reading Council approves update to Guelph’s commercial policy


Changes to development charges in Guelph

January 23, 2020

These changes impact when the City can charge for development charges, when they are due, and who is eligible for payment deferral. Continue reading Changes to development charges in Guelph


2020 Development Charge Rates (ICI)

January 21, 2020

Changes to the Development Charge By-law including rates are coming into effective March 2, 2020. The new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2020. Continue reading 2020 Development Charge Rates (ICI)


2020 Development Charge Rates (Residential)

January 21, 2020

Changes to the developments charge by-law including the rates are coming into effective March 2, 2020. The new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2020.  Continue reading 2020 Development Charge Rates (Residential)


Mandatory electronic building permit applications and inspections

December 17, 2019

Starting in the new year, the City will require that all building permit applications and inspection requests be submitted electronically through the Building Services online portal. Continue reading Mandatory electronic building permit applications and inspections


2020 Building Code changes

December 17, 2019

The 2012 Building Code was recently amended to include a number of changes to the Code, Supplementary Standards and Appendix A. Continue reading 2020 Building Code changes


Council approves design standards for new commercial developments in Guelph

December 10, 2019

Guelph approves new commercial built form standards to govern the design of commercial development outside the downtown core. Continue reading Council approves design standards for new commercial developments in Guelph


Celebrating design excellence in Guelph

November 8, 2019

The City is bringing back the Guelph Urban Design Awards to celebrate design excellence and recognize thoughtful, innovative and sustainable urban design features that enhance our city’s unique sense of place. The awards were last held in 2006. Continue reading Celebrating design excellence in Guelph


Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind

October 9, 2019

This month, the City will celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Wilson Street road improvements and the grand opening of the new Market Parkade. The new Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge will also open, and the Wilson Street public art project will be unveiled along with four new murals created as part of the Main Street Mural Project. All work was completed within planned budgets. Continue reading Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind


Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension

June 12, 2019

Details about the current suspension of enforcement for driveways of semi-detached/duplex and on-street townhouses in Guelph. Continue reading Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension


Background and updates on recent Development Charge changes and the new Community Benefits Charge Framework (Bill 108)

May 31, 2019

Continue reading Background and updates on recent Development Charge changes and the new Community Benefits Charge Framework (Bill 108)


New Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw with enhanced safety requirements

May 28, 2019

On May 27, 2019, Guelph City Council passed a new Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub By-law No. (2019) – 20408 that features enhanced safety requirements for any new swimming pool or hot tub applications from May 27 onward.   Continue reading New Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw with enhanced safety requirements


Smoke alarm requirements for accessory apartments

March 29, 2019

Smoke alarms are required on all floor levels, in all bedrooms throughout the entire house and in the hallway(s) outside of bedrooms.  All smoke alarms are required to be interconnected.  Existing smoke alarms are acceptable provided they are compatible with the new alarms and can be interconnected.  All smoke alarms shall have a strobe light signaling component. Continue reading Smoke alarm requirements for accessory apartments


Planning for growth while protecting the moraine, water resources and natural heritage resources

March 8, 2019

Come to an information session to discuss Guelph’s Clair Maltby Secondary Plan March 28, 2019 7-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 1 Carden Street, Guelph Continue reading Planning for growth while protecting the moraine, water resources and natural heritage resources


Downtown Zoning Bylaw in effect

March 7, 2019

Continue reading Downtown Zoning Bylaw in effect


Council approves Development Charges Bylaw

February 19, 2019

Guelph City Council approve Development Charges Bylaw. New rates come into effect March 2, 2019. Continue reading Council approves Development Charges Bylaw


Clair-Maltby project update: phase 3 timing

February 11, 2019

Continue reading Clair-Maltby project update: phase 3 timing


2019 Development Charge Rates (Residential)

February 5, 2019

Please be advised that changes to the Development Charge By-law, including the rates, are scheduled for approval at the February 11, 2019 Council Meeting and would be effective March 2, 2019.

If approved, the new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2019.  Therefore, respecting legislated building permit turnaround times of 10 business days, residential building permit applications are required to be submitted no later than February 14, 2019 in order to be eligible to receive the current rates. Continue reading 2019 Development Charge Rates (Residential)


2019 Development Charge Rates (ICI)

February 5, 2019

Please be advised that changes to the Development Charge By-law, including the rates, are scheduled for approval at the February 11, 2019 Council Meeting and would be effective March 2, 2019.

If approved, the new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2019.  Therefore, respecting legislated building permit turnaround times of 20 business days, all ICI building permit applications received after January 31, 2019 will be subject to the new rates. Continue reading 2019 Development Charge Rates (ICI)


Proposed development meeting: 855 and 927 Victoria Road South

January 18, 2019

Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 855 and 927 Victoria Road South


Electronic Submission of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Building Permits

January 14, 2019

The City is now accepting building permit applications for New Buildings, Additions and Renovations for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional projects through Building Services Online. Continue reading Electronic Submission of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Building Permits


Baker District workshop sets stage for vision, goals

January 4, 2019

You’re invited to attend one of two drop-in workshops on January 15 as we gather community input to help shape the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Baker District workshop sets stage for vision, goals


Damage Deposits

December 20, 2018

At the end of 2018, the City will no longer collect damage deposit fees with building permit and swimming pool permit applications. Continue reading Damage Deposits


Guelph releases proposed Development Charges and background study

December 12, 2018

Proposed development charges remain competitive with rates in nearby cities, such as Kitchener and Cambridge.
Continue reading Guelph releases proposed Development Charges and background study


Mandatory electronic permits and online inspections for home builders

December 11, 2018

Starting January 1st, 2019 the City of Guelph, Building Services will be requiring Home Builders to submit all building permit applications electronically and book all inspections through Building Services Online. Continue reading Mandatory electronic permits and online inspections for home builders


Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaws 147, 148, 150 Delhi Street (Homewood Cultural Heritage Landscapes), 221 and 229 Woolwich Street

November 22, 2018

Continue reading Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaws 147, 148, 150 Delhi Street (Homewood Cultural Heritage Landscapes), 221 and 229 Woolwich Street


Proposed development meeting: 1657 and 1665 Gordon Street

November 15, 2018

Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 1657 and 1665 Gordon Street


Proposed development meeting: 50-52 Dean Avenue

November 15, 2018

Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 50-52 Dean Avenue


Proposed development meeting: 361 Whitelaw Road

November 15, 2018

Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 361 Whitelaw Road


Proposed development meeting: 127 Cityview Drive North

November 15, 2018

Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 127 Cityview Drive North


City to develop application for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions

September 11, 2018

Continue reading City to develop application for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions


Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors

August 17, 2018

Continue reading Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors


Changes to bulk City water revenue meter installation standards

August 16, 2018

Continue reading Changes to bulk City water revenue meter installation standards