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Buying and Selling Property

A Planning staff member assists a member of the public

What do I need to know and what should I be asking?

Buying a property is a big decision. It is wise to arm yourself with as much information as possible about the property. You can call or visit Clarington’s Planning Services Department who will be happy to provide you with information on the property including, the existing approved use, as well as any future uses that are permitted, and any historical information on that property. It is helpful to bring a Land Survey Plan of the property; staff will be able to verify that is conforms to the applicable Zoning By-Law.

Planning Services Staff can advise you on:

  • Availability of a building permit
  • Development charges and lot levies
  • Other approvals that may be required
  • Permitted uses on your property and neighbouring properties
  • Future land uses and infrastructure identified in the Official Plan
  • Potential for future land severance
  • Potential for creating an apartment-in-house within the dwelling
  • Historical property use, if known
  • Tree removal
  • General development in your area, including plans of subdivision, housing types and densities, commercial development, location of proposed schools and parks, location and capacity of roads and environmentally sensitive areas
  • Provincial policies

How do I apply for a zoning clearance letter?

To obtain an official verification that the property complies with the Zoning By-law, you can apply for a land use information and compliance letter. For a complete zoning clearance, a legal plan of survey is required to verify that the lot and buildings or structures on the lot meet the requirements of the Zoning By-law.

What are the fees for a Zoning Clearance Letter?

Please refer to the fee schedule for the current fees.

How long does it take?

A zoning clearance letter is usually completed within eight working days once the Municipality receives a written request and fee payment.


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