Planning Services

Zoning By-law

The Zoning By-law for the Township is a document that caterogizes or zones each property within the Township.  Each type of zone specifies certain permitted uses and regulations for the properities within and sets out other specific and general regulations.   

On August 8, 2016, the Council of the Township of Guelph/Eramosa passed By-law 40/2016, which approved the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law for the Township.  The appeal period for By-law 40/2016 is set to expire on September 1, 2016.  Until that time, or until any appeals of By-law 40/2016 have been withdrawn or disposed of, any zoning by-law amendment applications and minor variance applications will be considered against both the current Zoning By-law for the Township By-law 57/1999 and By-law 40/2016. The most restrictive regulations of both of the Township’s Zoning By-laws will apply to these applications.

Township's zoning by-law 57/1999

TOWNSHIP'S new comprehensive zONING BY-LAW 40/2016

For zoning information or inquiries regarding zoning changes, please contact the Township’s Planning Administrator at 519-856-9596 ext. 112 or

Zoning By-law Amendment
Application Form


Site Plan control

Under Section 41 of the Planning Act, the Township has designated certain lands under By-law 61/2010 as site plan control areas.  All development on lands within designated site plan control areas is subject to site plan review and approval, prior to construction.   

For inquiries or information relating to site plan, please contact the Township's Planning Administrator at 519-856-9596 ext. 112 or

Site Plan 
Application Form 

Landscaping Guidelines

Multi-Residential Development Guidelines

Industrial Guidelines

Commercial Guidelines 

Minor Amendment to Site Plan 
Application Form

minor variance

The provisions of a zoning by-law are precise and development proposals must comply exactly with the provisions of the zoning by-law.  A minor variance is a special privilege used to reduce the inflexibility of the zoning by-law. A minor variance is a form of mini-zoning and requires notification for a public hearing, which is heard by the Committee of Adjustment

For more information about the minor variances process, please contact the Township's Planning Administrator at 519-856-9596 ext. 112 or

Minor Variance
Application Form

official plan

The County of Wellington Official Plan is the principle document used to guide long range planning for the Township of Guelph/Eramosa.  For more information, visit the Wellington County website.


The Wellington County Land Division Committee is responsible for land severances (consents) within the Township of Guelph/Eramosa.  For more information, visit the Wellington County website.

Sign Permits

Wellington County is responsible for sign permits on County and Township roads: Wellington County Policies and Permits

If you are planning to erect or alter a sign or advertising device on a property within 400m (¼ mile) of any Provincial Highway Right-of-Way, you may require a permit: Ministry of Transporation Sign Permit Conditions

Building Permits

click here for more information about building permits

Development Charges

click here for more information about development charges 

Outdoor lighting policy

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa (Township) values its rural countryside character and its natural environment. Both of these are potentially threatened by poorly considered or even inadvertent over-lighting.  


Planning Resources