Township of Severn's Zoning By-law implements the objectives of the Official Plan and sets out the regulations for each property in the Township. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • permitted and prohibited land use
  • lot sizes
  • building sizes
  • setbacks
  • parking requirements

Zoning by-law and schedules

Explore the Zoning By-law and the Zoning By-law Schedules.

Zoning maps

View our interactive zoning map and find out the land use and zoning requirements for your property.

Compliance and permitted-use letter requests

To request a compliance letter or permitted-use letter, please drop off your request to the Administration Office located at 1024 Hurlwood Lane in Severn or mail it to:

Township of Severn
Attention: Planning and Development
PO Box 159
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 6J3

Request details

The request should include the following information:

  • address and legal description of the property
  • contact information
  • authorization, if necessary

When do I need a compliance or permitted-use letter?

Compliance letters are typically requested during the sale of a property or a mortgage renewal. They provide information regarding open or closed building permits, septic files, non-compliance or non-conformance, by-law infractions, etc.

Permitted Use letters are generally requested by upper-tier agencies when a property owner wants to establish a new use or service on their lands (i.e., propane exchange facility, motor-vehicle repair station, etc.).

Fees

We accept payment in cash or cheque. Please make all cheques payable to Township of Severn.

Compliance and permitted-use request fees
Request type Number of days to receive the request Fee

Standard compliance request

Five to seven business days from receiving payment

$100

Rush compliance request

24 hours from receiving payment

$150

Subdivision/site plan compliance request

Five to seven business days from receiving payment

$200

Permitted-use letter

Five to seven business days from receiving payment

$60

Minor Variances and Zoning By-law amendments

In some cases, a development application may not align with the requirements in the Zoning By-law. You'll need to apply for a minor variance or a Zoning By-law amendment.