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.).


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


Rush compliance request

24 hours from receiving payment


Subdivision/site plan compliance request

Five to seven business days from receiving payment


Permitted-use letter

Five to seven business days from receiving payment


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.