Planning Services

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Township Municipal Office is closed to the public until further notice.

Planning and Development COVID-19 PROTOCOLS 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Township of Guelph/Eramosa facilities including our main office have been closed to the public until further notice.  

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa’s Planning Department is currently accepting and processing all planning applications however, response and processing times may be delayed due to the current pandemic situation.

Pre-consultation meetings for new Planning Applications can be scheduled through videoconference. Please contact to schedule a pre-consultation meeting.

Please contact or the planner assigned to your file regarding the status of existing applications or for general inquiries.

Please note, all building related inquiries should be directed to

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Online Interactive Planning Map

Click here for land information of properties in Guelph/Eramosa. 

Temporary Outdoor Patios

June 25, 2021 - In response to the ongoing challenges for local businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Council unanimously passed a temporary use by-law to permit temporary outdoor patios for legally operating restaurants in Guelph/Eramosa Township until October 31, 2021.

What Does This Mean?

If you are a legally recognized restaurant operating in Guelph/Eramosa Township, you may now submit an application to erect a temporary outdoor patio on your property.

How Do I Apply?

Fill out and submit your application to You will need approval from:

  • The Township's Chief Building Official
  • The Township's Fire Chief
  • The applicable road authority
  • The applicable conservation authority

Additional Resources

Contact or 519-856-9596 112

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.   

For zoning information or inquiries regarding zoning changes, please contact

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

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

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

Development Charges

DAAP Review

In 2017 the Township retained Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. to undertake an update to the Township's development fees model. 

This technical report summarizes the legislative context for the fees review, provides in detail the methodology utilized to assess the full costs of processing development fee applications, and presented the financial implications of full cost recovery and the associated fee schedule.

Parkland Dedication

Parkland dedication is one of the ways that the Township secures additions to its park system. The dedication of parkland is a requirement under the Planning Act and allows the Township to ensure that its park system grows along with the community.

There are two types of parkland dedication – the dedication of physical land or the payment of money in lieu of dedicating lands (often referred to as cash-in-lieu of parkland).

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