Our site alteration bylaw controls certain kinds of changes to a property. The bylaw ensures that earth, fill or topsoil isn’t removed or added in a way that damages drainage, water quality or natural features.

On this page:

  1. When you need a permit
  2. Apply for a permit
  3. Fees
  4. Expiry and renewal

When you need a permit

You need a site alteration permit for all properties 0.405 hectares (1.0 acre) or larger in size.

You do not need a Site Alteration Permit for:

  • properties less than 0.405 hectares (1.0 acre) in size
  • the installation of a swimming pool, a pool permit is obtained instead
  • minor gardening or landscaping projects
  • normal farm practices
  • development with proper planning approvals and building permits

Apply for a permit

If you need a site alteration permit, send these documents to staff by email:

  • a completed application form
  • five copies of a detailed plan or survey
  • supporting studies or reports
  • payment of the required fees


Site alteration permit fees are:

  • permit: $307.63
  • permit revisions: $190.94
  • permit renewal: $125.17

We will begin processing your application after receiving the fee.

Expiry and renewal

A site alteration permit lasts for 90 calendar days.

You can apply to extend a permit at least 30 days before it is set to expire. You must apply in writing to our director of engineering as long as the project has not changed.