Applications Licences and Permits

Building Permits

Building Permits

Central Frontenac Township's Building Department ensures that all building activities adhere to applicable regulations.

Burn Permits

The regulation of open air burning in Central Frontenac is important for purposes of risk management and environmental conscientiousness. 

Open air burning must only be conducted with the approval of the Fire Chief Official and in accordance with the conditions set out in the Controlled Burn Permit for Open Air Burning By-law #2009-293.  Please read this By-law prior to completing the application process.

Certificate of Occupancy
Upon final inspection of the building permit process, the Inspector may issue a Certificate of Occupancy at the request of the General Contractor.  This certificate:
  • Is the formal document that marks the completion of your construction project.
  • Gives you permission to occupy your new or renovated building with the knowledge that it has met the safety standards in the community.
For more information, contact the Chief Building Official.
Entrance Permit & Civic Addressing Application
If you plan on creating a new private point of entry onto a municipal right of way, all new road access points (e.g. driveways, field entrances and laneways) require approval of an entrance permit.  Entrance permits are also required for any alterations to an existing point of entry or roadside ditch.  Contact the Director of Public Works for more information. To print an Entrance permit form visit the Roads, Bridges & Sidewalks page
Fence Viewers act in accordance with the Line Fences Act, which sets out the procedure for the resolution of line fence disputes between owners of adjoining properties.  Fence Viewers do not determine the location of a boundary line.
Freedom of Information

If you wish to access municipal records, please begin by contacting the Municipal Clerk by email or phone.  It is important to note that the rules governing access and privacy under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) apply to both formal and informal requests for information.

Formal requests must be made in writing using the MFIPPA Request Form and accompanied by a $5.00 application fee. 


  • MFIPPA applies to all local government organizations including municipalities, school boards, public utilities, transit and police commissions, fire departments, conservation authorities, boards of health and other local boards.  Separate Acts apply specifically to Provincial Ministries, agencies and Federal Government institutions. 
  • MFIPPA came into effect January 1, 1991
  • MFIPPA requires municipalities to protect the privacy of an individual's personal information existing in government records (this includes rules regarding the collection, use, disclosure and disposal of personal information in the custody and control of a municipality).
  • For more information, see the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Lottery Licences

Additionally, you can view the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) Lottery Licensing Policy Manual (LLPM).                

Lottery License Applications and Report Forms:

Application to Manage and Conduct a Bingo Lottery (via AGCO)

Bingo Lottery Report (via AGCO)

Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle Lottery (via AGCO)

Raffle Lottery Report (via AGCO)

Application to Manage and Conduct a Blanket Raffle Lottery(via AGCO)

Blanket Raffle Lottery Report (via AGCO)

Application to Manage and Conduct a Break-Open Ticket Lottery (via AGCO)

Break-Open Ticket Lottery Report (via AGCO)

Application to Manage and Conduct a Lottery Type Scheme at a Bazaar (via AGCO)

Bazaar Lottery Event Report (via AGCO)

Livestock Claim
Where an owner of livestock or poultry has discovered death or injury, a Valuer will be directed to make a full investigation and a report (in writing) detailing the damage and his or her reward.
Marriage Licence
Marriage Licences are issued by the Clerk's Office at a fee of $115.00.

Please read the following licence requirements before you complete the Marriage Licence Application Form.  Also see the Ontario Government "Getting married" webpage for more information regarding your marriage.  

  • Issuance of licences are during regular business hours.  Due to possible staff schedule conflicts, it is best to call ahead for an appointment. 
  • A licence may only be issued to the Applicant and/or Joint Applicant.
  • Both parties to the marriage must sign the application form.
  • Proof of Age: Birth Certificate, Current Passport, or Affidavit of Age.  Photo identification is also required for both parties.
  • If a marriage licence is issued to only one party, proof age still applies for both parties and the application form must be signed by both parties.
  • If the applicant(s) is/are living at a rural route address or have a box number as an address, the lot, concession, township or actual street address is required.
  • If the applicants are getting married in a rural area, the Township name is required on the application form.
  • If either or both applicant(s) were divorced in Canada, the original or certified copy of the Decree of Absolute or Certificate of Divorce is required.  Certified copies can be obtained from the Court which granted the divorce.  Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.  Applicants who are widowed are not required to provide proof of the death of their spouse.
  • If either or both applicant(s) were divorced outside of Canada, please consult the Issuer of Marriage Licences for requirements.
  • Once issues the Marriage Licence is valid for three months and may be used at any Location within the Province of Ontario.  The location must be as specified on the licence.

 For more information, contact the Clerk's Office. 

Pre-Authorized Payment
See the pre-authorized payment plan form for information regarding this option for paying your property taxes.
Zoning Certification Letter Request Form

For inquiries regarding the zoning information of a property, you can request for a Zoning Certification Letter from the Township using the form below. This form only confirms that appropriate approvals have been granted for the subject property. The form will request information about the applicant, property owner (if different from the applicant) and information about the property. Once all fields (mandatory fields included) are filled out, submitted and paid for, the form will be sent to the development services department to be completed.

***Note: Any other specific information requested beyond the scope of this letter, may be billed @ $80.00 per hour.***


Zoning Certification Letter Request Form
Planning Inquiry Request Form

For inquires related to planning or to schedule a pre-application meeting or phone call, please submit a planning inquiry request form. Completing this form provides staff with the necessary information to respond to your inquiry. Upon submission of the form, you will receive an email confirming receipt and outlining an anticipated timeline to respond. Please be aware that during peak development season, it may take planning staff up to 10 days to return your inquiry. Thank you for your patience. Before submitting an inquiry form, please visit the resources below:

Submit an Intake Form

Planning Applications

The Planning Department is responsible for providing planning services and advice to decision-makers on all planning matters related to the local municipality. Planning staff review applications to ensure that they conform to all local planning policies and are consistent with provincial policy.

In addition to the submission of an application and fees, there may be the requirement for additional studies to be submitted and further legal, engineering and planning costs. Depending on the scale and complexity of an application, timelines for processing may vary. Applicants are encouraged to start planning processes in advance of their anticipated development deadlines.

Frontenac Maps is an excellent resource for viewing the property and learning more about the regulations that may be in place before proceeding with an application.

Before submitting a planning application or to learn more about what application, you may require, the Township requires a pre-application meeting with planning staff. Submit an inquiry or request a meeting with planning staff to start this process.

Application Fees

The Township establishes fees for the processing of planning applications. Fees are required to be submitted at the time of application submission. In addition to Township fees, there may also be fees required by commenting agencies, such as the Conservation Authority, as well as additional costs associated with studies, legal, engineering and fulfillment of conditions. All costs for the processing of applications are the responsibility of the applicant.

Please contact staff for current fees.

Application Process

Generally, all planning applications follow a similar review process. Please view the specific application process for each application type included in the guidance documents below and along with processing timelines.

Application Process


Planning staff are available to assist you with understanding the planning application review process. However, as the applicant, it is your responsibility to make sure that the application is complete, accurate and clearly identifies required approvals. Staff are not permitted to complete application forms. If you require assistance, staff can direct you to the appropriate resources.

Planning staff strive to process applications efficiently, but failure to provide all the required information may result in processing delays. All planning applications are public documents and will be available for public review.

Guidance documents are available for the applications below and provide greater detail on the application requirements, timelines and decision making.

Minor Variance

A minor variance is a minor variation from the requirements of the Township Zoning By-law, granted by the Committee of Adjustment. Minor variance approval allows the property owner to obtain a building permit or use property in a specific way which does not comply with the provisions of the Township Zoning By-law.

Under Section 45(1) of the Planning Act there are four tests a minor variance must meet:

1. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Official Plan?
2. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Zoning By-law?
3. Is the application desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?
4. Is the application minor?

What is a Minor Variance?
Guidance Document
Please view the Committee of Adjustment web page.


Consent – Severance, Lot Addition or Easement
The consent approval process is used for severance, lot addition and easement applications granted by the Committee of Adjustment. A consent is required if the property owner wishes to subdivide land or enter into a lease longer than 21 years less a day

What is a Severance?
What is a Lot Addition?
What is an Easement?
Guidance Document

Zoning By-law Amendment 

The Zoning By-law states how land may be used, where buildings and structures can be located, the types of buildings and structures permitted and how they can be used, and lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks. To change the use of land, a zoning by-law amendment or rezoning application will be required.

What is a Zoning By-law Amendment?
Please contact the Planning Department for application submission cut-off dates.

Official Plan Amendment

An official plan amendment is required when a proposal does not conform to the policy in the Township or County Official Plan. Amendments can be made to both plans but are processed through their corresponding agency. Due to the complexity of the application, a number of studies and reports may be required to support an application.


Please contact the Planning Department for application submission cut-off dates.

Site Plan Control
Site plan control is a planning tool under the Planning Act that includes a detailed review of a property to ensure municipal, provincial, and other agency standards, regulations and policies are met. Site plan control also ensures that the effects on neighbouring properties are minimized and that the development is safe and functional. Site plan control is required for all commercial, institutional and industrial development and may be required for residential development.

Site Plan Control By-law

Plans of Subdivision and Plan of Condominium

The County of Frontenac is the approval authority for plans of subdivision and condominium in the Township. A subdivision or condominium may be required when no further consents are permitted from a property or a complex application is proposed, including the creation of a new lane. Please contact the County of Frontenac for more information on the process to submit an application for a Plan of Subdivision/Condominium.


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