All lands within Markham are subject to site plan control with some exceptions (see Site Plan Control By-law 262-94). If your property is individually designated or you are located within a Heritage Conservation District and/or are planning to alter the exterior or add floor space, a Heritage Permit will be required. When developing 10 or more residential units, you must apply for a Heritage Site Plan Application for review.
A building permit cannot be issued and construction cannot begin unless heritage permit or a site plan approval is obtained. Through the site plan control application process (SPC), the City will review the design and layout of the buildings and development including building location and elevations, tree preservation, landscaping, parking, drainage, pedestrian access, etc. to ensure compliance with City standards, by-laws and guidelines. The Heritage Site Plan application process (184k/2p) may take 2 to 6 months to complete depending on the projects compliance with current policies and guidelines, and the project’s complexity.
For more information, visit the Heritage Protection page.