Application Forms - Planning

The City of Niagara Falls requires pre-consultation between applicants and Planning staff on applications for amendments to the Official Plan, Zoning By-law, site plan control, draft plan of subdivision, draft plan of condominium and consent to sever (By-law No. 2009-170). Failure to pre-consult will result in a delay in the processing of the application.

Please contact the Planning department for current application fees.  

NEW!! Dashboard Portal

City of Niagara Falls Planning and Building online submission portal.

You can now submit documents and pay fees for building permits and planning applications. 

It is recommended that you confirm zoning and discuss any building permit or planning applications with staff prior to making a submission to ensure that your proposal meets the required regulations and legislation.

You can upload documents to the Building and Planning Departments and pay any outstanding fees through Paymentus (user fees will apply) or another method noted below.

Staff will review your submission and advise you if you require anything further to proceed. Once your submission has been received we will provide you with an invoice with your amount owing.

The permit/application review process will start once full payment has been received.

How to submit your payment:

  1. Online – Paymentus (using a credit card)   Note: there will be processing fees to the vendor
  2. In Person – please bring your invoice for reference to City Hall and provide payment (cheque/cash/debit card) to the Finance – Cashier (main level).
  3. Mail/Courier – the permit/application will be reviewed once payment is received – please reference invoice/file number for quicker processing.

You will receive an online receipt to the registered email account when your payment is received online.

Questions about the online submission process may be sent to:

[email protected] OR 905-356-7521, extension 4001 for building permit submissions

[email protected] OR 905-356-7521, extension 4330 for planning application submissions


  • 2023 Planning Application Fees (draft)
    • Pre-Consultation  ($500 for each subsequent submission)
      • Consent/Site Plan    $750
      • All others    $1500
    • Zoning By-law Amendment  ($1500 for each subsequent submission)
      • High Rise Hotels  $15,750
      • Complex   $13,000
      • Standard / MZO     $6100
    • Official Plan Amendment - $13,000  ($1500 for each subsequent submission)
    • Official Plan and Zoning Amendment Combined   ($1500 for each subsequent submission)
      • High Rise Buildings (10+ storeys)   $17,500
      • All Other Lands  $14,60
    • Site Plan Control
      • High Rise Buildings (10+ storeys)  $7500
      • All other lands   $5500
      • Amendments to Site Plan Agreement $1500
    • Plan of Subdivision  $13,900
    • Plan of Condominium $10,800
    • Part Lot Control    $1850
    • Deeming By-law   $1625
    • Minor Variance Application   $2300
    • Consent Application  $3675
    • Sign By-law Variance  $2300
    • Sign By-law Amendment $6100

Please contact Planning staff for further information.

Compliance Letters:  (please allow 7 - 15 business days depending on the complexity of the property)

  • Zoning Compliance Certificate $215  (required to be submited with all building permits)
  • Site Plan Compliance Letter   $215  (required to be submitted the original site plan agreement and information you are requesting with regards to the agreement)
  • Zoning Compliance Letter  $215 (confirmation of zoning for real estate/law offices)
  • Environmental Request Letter  $215
  • Heritage Status Inquiry   $215


Note:  we are currently updating some of our applications and fee's - please contact staff before submitting applications for any updates.

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