The Building & Planning Department is responsible for providing a wide range of advisory and regulatory services that pertain to land use matters as well as the enforcement of the Ontario Building Code and some Township By-laws.

The Building & Planning Department functions as one department in order to create a "one stop shopping" approach to development approvals, from initial contact through planning approvals, building approvals, completion and occupancy. It is responsible for the review and administration of applications for planning and building approvals.

The Department also answers all zoning requests for the Township, which include written responses to solicitors and financial institutions when ownership of a property is transferring, and/or for mortgage purposes. The Building & Planning Department is composed of two functional branches with specific responsibilities in each area.

 COVID-19 Update (June 14)

Please accept this update further to the Province of Ontario’s recent announcement that essential workplace limits have been imposed on construction as of Saturday, April 17. This change in the scope of permitted construction projects has prompted us to modify our inspections and permitting procedure.

The Selwyn Municipal Office is OPEN to the public, with health & safety restrictions in place. If your business does not require a visit to the Office, we encourage you to please continue to conduct your business by phone or email. 

  • Staff are available to help customers by phone at 705-292-9507or email at A complete Staff Directory is available on the Township website for a list of extensions. To reach the general mailbox, call 705-292-9507 ext. 210.
  • Applications for permits can be accepted electronically through Cloudpermit. Please forward your questions to
 Building Permits & Inspections

The health and safety of our residents, customers and staff remains a key priority in addition to our goal of doing what we can to support the economy. In response to the recent announcements, we have amended our inspection protocol. Inspection services will continue subject to the following conditions:

  • The construction activity is deemed essential in accordance with the Provincial Order. The list of essential workplaces includes residential construction activities or projects that were commenced before April 17, 2021.
  • Inspection request timelines continue to apply (2 working days notice).
  • Requests for inspections must be made via email to Please include the following information in your email:
    • Requested Inspection Date
    • Address
    • Your Contact Phone Number
    • Permit Number
    • Type of Inspection
    • Preferred Time of Day (AM or PM)
  • Inspections will only be conducted on unoccupied buildings. The structure is to be vacant while the inspection takes place. An inspection will not be conducted while the building is occupied.
  • In the interest of limiting staff exposure to the virus, we are limiting occupancy inspections to buildings that have not been occupied. Requests for inspections of occupied buildings under renovation will be considered on a case by case basis. Please advise us when booking the inspection if this is the case and the CBO will contact you to discuss your specific circumstance.
  • All documentation which is required to conduct the inspection (ie. sealed truss drawings for framing, amended plans if changes have been made etc.) must be provided electronically so that copies can be made and taken with the inspector. Inspectors will not review paperwork left on site. 

Applications for permits are being accepted electronically through Cloudpermit - a web based application portal. 

We will continue to accept and review applications during the lockdown period and will only issue permits for construction projects that are deemed essential. A comprehensive list of essential construction projects can be found on the Ontario Government website.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Robert Lamarre, Manager of Building & Planning at

 Planning Applications
  • The Selwyn Township Planning Department is accepting Minor Variance applications and Site Plan applications.
  • The Planning Department is reviewing Zoning By-law Amendment applications. We will work with applicants and process them dependent on the nature of the application.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact

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