Building Development Approvals
Development & Re-development proposals within the Town are dependent upon a wide range of approvals & requirements. Below are a few of the offices & public agencies, which may influence your proposal & a brief description of thier roles within the Building Permit process. Therefore, prior to any Building Permit submisson, please consult Building Staff to review the list below to determine which approvals may be required.
Town of Fort Erie's Fire Prevention Office
To protect the public from the risk of fire through pro-active public education, building plans examinations, buiding retrofits & other Fire Code compliances.
Town of Fort Erie's Committee of Adjustment (COA)
The COA is authorized to grant minor variances, permit enlargements, extensions or changes to legal non-conforming uses, give consent to sever a parcel of land into more than one lot or as a lot addition to abutting properties, as well as easements & leases over 21 years
Town of Fort Erie's Community Improvement Plan (CIP)
The creation & implementation of the CIP's intention is to rejuvenate & revitalize the traditional downtown commerical core areas through incentive programs.
Town of Fort Erie's Site Plan Approval Process
The process aims to improve the image & appearance of the Town by applying consistent standards and guidelines, ensure the safety & convenience of automobile & pedestrian traffic & to protect environmental areas & habitat through the appropriate location of buildings, roads & parking spaces.
Town of Fort Erie's Cultural Heritage Value & Interest Registry
Buildings on the Town Registry are either "designated" or "non-designated". A non-designated property that has been included on the Registry & signals an intent to preservation. While a designation means that demolition or alteration of the heritage attributes of the building will require Council approval.
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)
Its mission is to establish & undertake programs designed to further the conservation, restoration, development & management of natural resources.
Niagara Regional Planning and Development Department
Through the implementation of Provincial and Regional policies & management of lands within Niagara Region are strategically planned to promote long-range growth.
Niagara Regional Health Unit
An official health agency which strives to promote health & disease prevention programs, to inform the public about healthy life-styles and provide food premises inspections to ensure healthy growth & development.
Niagara Parks Commission (NPC)
Its mission is to protect the natural & cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors & residents through its policies & development regulations.
Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
It is responsible for managing the provincial highway corridor network, through its policies & guidelines & supports economic growth while ensuring the safe & efficient movement of people & goods.
Ministry of Environment & Climate Change (MOE)
It is responsible for protecting and improving the quality of the environment through its approval process as it relates to air, noise, waste or sewage within the province.
Ministry of Labour
Through its regulations & by providing compliance support, conducting pro-active inspections of payroll records & workplace practices it ensures that the Employment Standards Act is being followed.
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services (MCSCS) - Ontario Fire Marshal
Its primary function is to minimize the loss of life & property from fire by helping municipalities & fire departments improve their fire protection & prevention services.
Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
The AGCO is responsible for regulating alcohol, gaming & horse racing sectors through its polices & development regulations.