Application Process

Before purchasing land in the Unincorporated areas, or any area under our jurisdiction for which you have planning questions, you should contact the Lakehead Rural Planning Board. Staff can determine if you need to complete a planning application and what type is appropriate. They can also identify what information you may need to submit with your application.

For a list of planning applications currently being processed see our interactive map on the Home Page.


If you know you need a planning application, then your next step is pre-consultation. Through pre-consultation, staff will identify the appropriate application process for your proposal. The Lakehead Rural Planning Board will also determine what material or studies your application needs to include. Your application may need extra public consultation, such as an open house. Staff may identify this during pre-consultation or at any time during the process.

You may need professional reports such as a traffic study or environmental assessment to support your proposal. For example, certain changes of land use require a Record of Site Condition through the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. The processing time of your application depends on the timely submission and/or revision of these studies, as needed.

Application requirements

Each application will include a list of required submissions. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • a complete application form
  • proof of ownership
  • proposed site plan and other drawings
  • the appropriate fee

Lakehead Rural Planning Board staff may request other materials as needed. You must pre-consult with staff before you submit your application. This will help to determine what those materials might be. Staff can explain the process and discuss what else you might need to provide. Incomplete or missing information will delay the processing of your application.

Staff are here to help, please call or email us with any questions you may have so we can assist in making this process as streamlined as possible for you.

Contact Us:

Phone: 807- 935-3300