Category Archives: Planning and Building

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


What will Guelph’s new normal look like?

May 8, 2020

Some pretty great things are already happening, thanks to some pretty amazing community leaders. Here are just a few highlights and we will keep sharing our progress in the coming weeks. Continue reading What will Guelph’s new normal look like?


All City facilities now closed to the public

March 17, 2020

Based on advice from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, and the Ontario government’s declaration of an emergency, the City of Guelph is closing all city facilities to the public to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Continue reading All City facilities now closed to the public


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


Electronic submissions required for all building permit applications starting January 1, 2020

December 12, 2019

As of January 1, 2020, building permit applications and requests for inspections must be submitted electronically for residential, industrial, institutional and commercial buildings. Continue reading Electronic submissions required for all building permit applications starting January 1, 2020


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


Clair-Maltby Public Workshop: Policy Directions

November 15, 2018

Continue reading Clair-Maltby Public Workshop: Policy Directions


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


Notice of decision meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66—Affordable Housing

August 9, 2018

Continue reading Notice of decision meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66—Affordable Housing


Radon testing of new homes – Mandatory Testing

August 7, 2018

Continue reading Radon testing of new homes – Mandatory Testing


City approves financial incentive program for brownfield redevelopment

July 12, 2018

Continue reading City approves financial incentive program for brownfield redevelopment


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Enhanced online system makes it easy to apply for a building permit

June 8, 2018

Continue reading Enhanced online system makes it easy to apply for a building permit


Changes to permanent sign program

May 31, 2018

Continue reading Changes to permanent sign program


Emailing of Inspection Reports

May 7, 2018

On June 1, 2018, Building Inspectors will no longer leave field reports on site Continue reading Emailing of Inspection Reports