Planning & Development Services


Planning Services

Planning Services is a division of the Works and Engineering Department.  Planning oversees development control and zoning as well as long-range community planning. To provide planning advice and guidance to Municipal Council, Municipal Staff, local property owners, residents of the Municipality of Port Hope and property developers on the use of land within the Municipality of Port Hope as affected by:

The Ontario Planning Act, Port Hope Official Plan and the Comprehensive Zoning By-Law including:

  • Zoning compliance letters
  • Verbal and/or written replies to inquiries from Municipal Council, Municipal Staff and the general public
  • Comments on Committee of Adjustment severance and minor variance applications
  • Development proposals in adjacent municipalities
  • Municipal restructuring proposals and municipal planning authorities
  • Testimony at Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings

Policies issued by senior levels of government and outside agencies, land use related issues not covered by the Ontario Planning Act (e.g. signs and municipal land sales), to oversee the administration of the land use development process in accordance with the Ontario Planning Act including the processing of Applications to:

  • Amend the Port Hope Official Plan - 
  • Amend the Comprehensive Zoning By-law
  • Approve a Plan of Subdivision
  • Approve a Site Plan

To establish and maintain current and relevant planning documents for the Municipality of Port Hope including:

  • The preparation of a new Comprehensive Zoning By-Law
  • The monitoring of the Walton Street Heritage Conservation Plan
  • The monitoring of the John, Ontario and Queen Street Heritage Conservation District Plan


To access the Port Hope Official Plan 2017 click here.
To access the Consolidated Zoning By-Law 20/2010 (key maps, schedules and text) click here.
Major Projects Map click here

Urban Zoning Map (Ward 1) click here

Rural Zoning Map (Ward 2) click here

Land Use planning means managing our land and resources.  It helps each community to set goals about how it will grow and develop and to work out ways of reaching those goals while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind.  It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interest and objectives of the whole community.

A series of of Citizen's Guides have been prepepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Municipal Services Office to help you understand how the land use planning process works in Ontario. The Citizen's Guides are intended to give general information only and are not an interpretation of the Planning Act.  For more information, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website.


1. The Planning Act

2. The Official Plan

3. Zoning By-laws

4. Subdivisions

5. Land Severance

6. Ontario Municipal Board

7. Northern Ontario

8. Building Permits

9. The Plan Review and Approval Process

10. Making Mediation Work for You

11.  Provincial Policy Statement 2014

12.  Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Planning Manager
Theodhora Merepeza, Ext. 2507,

Sonia Tam, Ext. 2502,

Emily Schaefer, Ext. 2506,

Administrative Assistant, Planning and Building
Melissa Moher, Ext. 2505,

Building Services

The Building Services oversees permit applications and issuance, conducts inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and the Municipality of Port Hope Comprehensive Zoning By-law, as well as other applicable laws and regulations to ensure the standards for construction and plumbing are consistent throughout the Province. Building Services also oversees property standards and zoning by-law compliance.

For more information regarding building permit requirements and forms please follow the link below:

Office Location

Municipal Development Team Office
5 Mill Street South
Port Hope, ON

Phone: 905.885.2431
Fax: 905.885.0507
Toll Free: 1.855.238.0948

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Mailing Address:
56 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z9

More information on the Municipal Development Team