Category Archives: Planning and Building

Development charges rates changing September 18

September 16, 2022

Guelph’s development charges (DC) rates will decrease by about 3 per cent for residential rates and 5 per cent for non-residential rates on September 18, 2022. Continue reading Development charges rates changing September 18


Notice of Study Completion: Municipal Class Environment Assessment Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River

August 18, 2022

Continue reading Notice of Study Completion: Municipal Class Environment Assessment Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River


Clythe Creek subwatershed study update will inform planning for land use, water supply, stormwater management and infrastructure

August 12, 2022

Continue reading Clythe Creek subwatershed study update will inform planning for land use, water supply, stormwater management and infrastructure


Public notice: Groundwater monitoring well installation at Indian Trail unopened road allowance starts August 15

August 12, 2022

Continue reading Public notice: Groundwater monitoring well installation at Indian Trail unopened road allowance starts August 15


Public notice: Apply for the Ontario Reformatory Heritage Conservation District Study Community and Landowner Group

August 8, 2022

Continue reading Public notice: Apply for the Ontario Reformatory Heritage Conservation District Study Community and Landowner Group


Notice of intention to designate: 50-60 Fife Road

August 4, 2022

Guelph City Council intends to designate 50-60 Fife Road as a property of cultural heritage value or interest. Continue reading Notice of intention to designate: 50-60 Fife Road


Made-in-Guelph growth strategy to be presented to Council

July 7, 2022

Continue reading Made-in-Guelph growth strategy to be presented to Council


Shaping Guelph: Official Plan Review Notice of Decision Meeting of Council

June 23, 2022

Continue reading Shaping Guelph: Official Plan Review Notice of Decision Meeting of Council


Join Brent Toderian, internationally renowned city planner, for a conversation about our growing city

June 15, 2022

Continue reading Join Brent Toderian, internationally renowned city planner, for a conversation about our growing city


Guelph Council approves Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Official Plan Amendment

May 17, 2022

Continue reading Guelph Council approves Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Official Plan Amendment


Council approves York and Elizabeth neighbourhood design concepts

May 10, 2022

Guelph’s urban design concept, informed by the land use study, for the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood was unanimously approved by City Council. Continue reading Council approves York and Elizabeth neighbourhood design concepts


Notice of Decision Meeting: Official Plan Amendment No. 79 Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

April 28, 2022

Continue reading Notice of Decision Meeting: Official Plan Amendment No. 79 Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


Guelph’s Park Plan heading to Council on April 4

March 24, 2022

The Park Plan report is ready for community and Council review ahead of April Council meetings that will see Guelph’s parks become future ready. Continue reading Guelph’s Park Plan heading to Council on April 4


Development charges set to increase March 2

February 24, 2022

Guelph’s development charges (DC) rates are increasing by 11.6 per cent on March 2 as part of the annual indexing processes.
Continue reading Development charges set to increase March 2


Online submission requirements

February 11, 2022

Starting March 1, 2022, all submission requirements, including for older building permits, shall be uploaded through GPAS. This includes documents, reports and drawings related to both permit applications and inspections. Continue reading Online submission requirements


Guelph receives $1.75 million to streamline development approval process

January 26, 2022

The City of Guelph is receiving $1.75 million under the new Streamline Development Approval Fund announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Ontario-Municipal Summit on January 19. Continue reading Guelph receives $1.75 million to streamline development approval process


2022 Development Charge Rates

January 21, 2022

Please be advised that the current Development Charge (DC) rates will increase as of March 2, 2022.  This is part of the annual indexing processes which increases DC rates based on the StatsCan Q3 Non-Residential Construction Price Index (NRCPI).  Continue reading 2022 Development Charge Rates


Setting clear direction for a made-in-Guelph growth strategy

January 6, 2022

On January 17, Council will set clear direction for how Guelph should grow and develop over the next 30 years as they discuss the preferred growth scenario set out in the report Shaping Guelph: Growth Management Strategy and Land Needs Assessment. Continue reading Setting clear direction for a made-in-Guelph growth strategy


Notice of passing of Designation By-Law: 785 York Road

December 23, 2021

Guelph City Council passed By-law Number (2021)-20631 to designate portions of the property known as 785 York Road as being of cultural heritage value or interest. Continue reading Notice of passing of Designation By-Law: 785 York Road


Notice of intention to designate: 919 York Road

December 23, 2021

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 919 York Road as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under section 29, Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Continue reading Notice of intention to designate: 919 York Road


Guelph’s updated development charges provide stable, long-term revenue for future-ready growth

December 14, 2021

Guelph’s City Council approved amendments to the Development Charges Bylaw, including new rates for development charges. The updated bylaw goes into effect immediately. Continue reading Guelph’s updated development charges provide stable, long-term revenue for future-ready growth


Getting the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood ready for the future: draft urban design concepts now available

November 25, 2021

The draft urban design concept for the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood is now ready for you to view. Attend a Council meeting in December to have your say. Continue reading Getting the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood ready for the future: draft urban design concepts now available


Streets named after Veterans in 2021

November 3, 2021

To date, 156 city streets have been named after Guelph’s war heroes, people of historical significance and City staff who died while employed by the City. Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2021


Get to know your zone as Guelph shares draft Zoning Bylaw

October 28, 2021

On November 8, City staff will present the new draft Zoning Bylaw for Council discussion. Provide your feedback by December 20. Continue reading Get to know your zone as Guelph shares draft Zoning Bylaw


Congratulating Guelph’s Urban Design Awards winners

October 12, 2021

Continue reading Congratulating Guelph’s Urban Design Awards winners


Special Meeting of City Council, October 6, 2021 on 797 Victoria Road North

October 5, 2021

Continue reading Special Meeting of City Council, October 6, 2021 on 797 Victoria Road North


Special Meeting of City Council, September 30, 2021, 4 p.m. on 797 Victoria Road North

September 30, 2021

Continue reading Special Meeting of City Council, September 30, 2021, 4 p.m. on 797 Victoria Road North


Notice of study commencement: Macdonell and Allan Structures Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

August 12, 2021

The City of Guelph has initiated a Municipal Class EA (Class EA) for improvements and modifications to the Macdonell and Allan structures. Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Macdonell and Allan Structures Municipal Class Environmental Assessment


Notice of study commencement: Wyndham Street Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

August 12, 2021

The City of Guelph has initiated a Municipal Class EA (Class EA) to confirm the required improvements to Wyndham Street North. Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Wyndham Street Municipal Class Environmental Assessment


Council unanimously approves urban design plan for Baker District redevelopment

July 21, 2021

Continue reading Council unanimously approves urban design plan for Baker District redevelopment


Updated Sign Bylaw will improve customer service

June 25, 2021

On July 5, City Council will discuss proposed updates to Guelph’s Sign Bylaw including delegating staff the authority to grant minor sign variances. Continue reading Updated Sign Bylaw will improve customer service


City recommends cultural heritage protection for Ontario Reformatory lands and buildings

June 3, 2021

On June 14, City Council will discuss recommendations to designate the provincially-owned Ontario Reformatory lands and buildings at 785 York Road under the Ontario Heritage Act. Continue reading City recommends cultural heritage protection for Ontario Reformatory lands and buildings


Spray foam insulation changes

May 14, 2021

The Regulations Amending the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 Sections 64.5 and 65.03 now prohibit any person from importing or manufacturing plastic foam or rigid foam products containing HFC used as a foaming agent. Continue reading Spray foam insulation changes


Council approves names for Guelph parks and a trail

April 27, 2021

City Council approved names submitted by the community and the Commemorative Naming Committee for three new Guelph parks and a trail in Guelph. Continue reading Council approves names for Guelph parks and a trail


Wellington County proposes purchase of City-owned building for transitional shelter housing

March 23, 2021

Wellington County proposes purchase of City-owned building for transitional shelter housing Continue reading Wellington County proposes purchase of City-owned building for transitional shelter housing


Recommended updates to Zoning Bylaw will create more housing options in Guelph

December 3, 2020

On December 14, City Council will discuss recommendations to update policies and regulations for additional residential dwelling units—known as accessory apartments, basement apartments and coach houses. Continue reading Recommended updates to Zoning Bylaw will create more housing options in Guelph


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


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


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 Guelph Permit and Application System. 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


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


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)


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


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


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


Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors

August 17, 2018

Continue reading Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors