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COVID-19 - Planning & Development

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Government of Ontario takes steps to limit COVID-19 spread at construction sites

Preparing for Building Inspections

The Town of Fort Erie Building Department is continuing to schedule inspections. the following are measures we are expecting to be taken by builders and developers to ensure the safety of our staff when doing our inspections.

At the scheduled inspection times, homes should be aired out at least three hours ahead of the scheduled inspection. In addition, commonly touched surfaces should be sterilized with bleach solution or bleach wipes. Items of particular importance are door knobs, handrails and any other items people are likely to touch. Please see attached link for details.

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings​

Please allow the Town inspector to conduct the inspection alone and any follow up needed can be done via phone call or email either while the inspector is still on site or once he/she leaves the site.  If additional persons are on site at the time of the inspection we will be requiring that the minimum 2 m. or 6 foot recommended separation for social distancing be maintained.  At any time if the inspector feels uncomfortable they will leave the site and the inspection will fail and need to be rescheduled.  

Also please be advised that new water meters for installation can be picked up by appointment only. There is a table at the front doors of the Gibson Centre where meters and meter applications to be signed will be left. Please call Chris Pisaric ext 2475 or Jerry Arts ext 2462 to arrange an appointment time.

For more information and updates please go to the following link: 

Building Permits
The Planning and Development Services department is continuing to process building permit applications and arranging inspections. Any new building permits, drawings and associated building permit fees can be dropped off at Town Hall by ringing the bell on the front outside door or in the overnight drop off box.

Large Drawing and Application Submission
Large drawings and applications can also be sent by email to Please keep in mind, that although we will accept the drawings and applications by email, building permits must have the associated fee before they will be processed and can be sent via mail, courier or placed in the overnight drop box. Click here for the digital application for a building permit.

Building Inspections
For building inspections, we ask that the inspector attend the site alone and if necessary the inspector can call the specific tradesperson or the site supervisor to address any concerns.  Inspection reports will continue to be emailed to the appropriate people and if there are any concerns please contact the inspector directly. Building inspections can also be scheduled by emailing 

Planning Applications
For planning applications staff will accept applications via email at and cheques can be dropped off as described above. All applications will be processed as far into the process as we can but please keep in mind we cannot hold open houses, public meetings or Committee meetings until the COVID-19 emergency has subsided. We apologize for any delay but our hope is that these applications submitted during this time will be ready to go once we are advised meetings can be held again. 

Planning applications can be found here: Planning Applications

Pre-consultation Applications
For pre-consultation applications we will continue to accept applications and payment online at the following link: Pre-Consultation

Pre-consultation meetings continue to be held via teleconference and our schedule will remain the same as before ( second and fourth Thursday of every month). Upcoming meetings are as follows: 

  • April 23 meeting -submission deadline April 15 @ 5pm

APPLICANTS: The Region of Niagara is pleased to announce that a new online credit card payment option (Visa or Mastercard) is now available on Niagara Region’s website at This is a temporary online payment solution that has been expedited to support business continuity while the Region continues work towards a more permanent solution. Before initiating any payment to the Region of Niagara for Development Applications, please speak Town of Fort Erie Planning Staff so they contact a Regional Development Planner or Development Engineering contact prior to making any online payment.

Please keep in mind things may be slower than usual as we transition into this new way of doing business and ask for your patience during this time.