The Town of Huntsville Planning Department is here to help you through the planning process. Explore our resources and information to learn more about planning, the application process, and how to get involved.

Community Planning and Development in Huntsville

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Planning Fundamentals

Learn basic information on the planning process and get answers to commonly asked questions.

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Town of Huntsville Map
Use the interactive map to find information about a specific property.
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Applications & Forms
Learn about the different planning applications and access the planning forms.
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Community Planning Permit
The Community Planning Permit (CPP) By-law applies Town-wide and outlines rules for what can be developed, where and under what conditions. It replaced the Town’s previous Zoning By-law and provides greater direction regarding aspects of development typically outside of zoning such as site alteration, grading, tree removal, natural feature protection and shoreline controls.
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Official Plan
The Official Plan is the policy basis to guide future development of the Town. Visit the Official Plan webpage.
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Submit Your Application

Planning applications are now submitted through Cloudpermit. To learn more, visit our Cloudpermit Guide & FAQ.

Public Information Session webinar on how to use Cloudpermit for planning was held on June 5, 2024Click here to watch the webinar.

Be Informed and Get Involved

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Planning Notices
Stay up-to-date on the latest Planning Notices. Subscribe to our Planning News and Notices.
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Participate in the Planning Process
Find notices for current applications, public meetings and other engagement opportunities.
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Current Developments and Projects
Learn about what’s happening in your neighbourhood.

Review Our Resources

Environment & Climate Change

Huntsville is defined by the natural elements of the area. Its lakes, forests and wildlife play a prominent part of the Town’s identityHuntsville recognizes its role in protecting its natural beauty and encouraging everyone that lives, works and plays in the Town to be a good environmental steward. To learn more, visit the Environment & Climate Change webpage.

Waterfront Development

Before you build on a waterfront lot you must enter into an agreement with the Town. You must provide a site plan drawing that outlines:

  • the location and size of all existing or proposed buildings and structures, including dimensions and setbacks to lot lines
  • landscaping
  • pathways, parking areas and driveways
  • the location of wells and septic systems
  • natural features on site (such as wetlands, streams, etc.)
  • the shoreline buffer area within 15 metres of the shoreline

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Shore Road Allowances

Many of the original shore road allowances (OSRAs) along the lakes and rivers in Huntsville are owned by the Town.

If you have structures or plan to build on the OSRA abutting your property (such as docks and boathouses), you will be required to purchase it or enter into a license of occupation.

Shoreline buffer requirements

  • Maintain in a natural state except for removal of dead and decaying vegetation
  • Maintain across a minimum 75% of the lot, measured along the shoreline
  • Maintain a minimum depth of 15 metres measured back from the shoreline
  • Total width of all structures and amenity areas cannot exceed 15 metres or 25% of the lot frontage, whichever is less

See the re-vegetation of shoreline buffers policy for more information.

Why are shoreline buffers so important?

Shoreline buffers protect the health of waterbodies and contribute to the natural beauty of Huntsville.

The shallow water and the first 20 metres of the land around lakes and rivers forms a “ribbon of life”. Most lake life is born, raised and fed in this area. A healthy shoreline buffer supports fish habitat and reduces erosion and runoff into the water.

Why is fish habitat so important?

The Province provides the Town with the location of fish habitat. Type 1 fish habitat is very sensitive to the impact of development. Disturbing fish habitat can result in the loss of fish population.


The Building department can assist when you want to: get a building permit, request a building inspection, find out development charges on a property, and many more. To learn more, visit the Building webpage.

Planning applications are now submitted through Cloudpermit. To learn more, visit our Cloudpermit Guide & FAQ.

A Public Information Session was led by a Cloudpermit representative on June 5th, 2024 via Zoom. The Public Information Session includes details on how to submit planning pre-consultations, and applications.

Watch the video to learn more about Cloudpermit for planning applications.

Have a Question?

Review our Frequently Asked Questions page for the most common planning questions or contact us by emailing Planning or calling (705) 789-1751, option 3.

The Planning Department exists to administer the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. p.13, and to facilitate the environmental, social and economic growth of Huntsville through sound community‐based planning policies.

The department aims to develop, implement and apply community-based planning policies to encourage responsible growth and development while identifying efficiencies and leading innovation to better serve our clients.

The Planning Department's offices are located on the second floor of Town Hall.