Processes & Regulations

Thunder Bay's CEDC team is here to help with all of the permits, legislation, and other regulations to get your business up and running fast. Use the links below to learn which building applications, environmental legislation, and zoning regulations apply to your industry. If you have any questions, please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit out Contact Us page.


Applications, Licenses, and Permits

Property Information Report Request Form - Submit a request form to find out zoning, zoning by-law amendments, committee of adjustments decisions, permitted uses, unfinished building permits and orders for a property.

Building and Plumbing Permits -  Apply for small commercial or large commercial building permits. Learn about permit fees, processing time, and other required approvals.

Building and Plumbing Forms and Documents -  Visit this page for supplementary information to building permits, architect and engineer design forms, demolition permits and inspection requirements.

Planning Applications – These applications include: consent to sever, minor variance, zoning amendments, as well as the appeal process and support for official plans. 

Utility Services and Utility Location Permits - This page has information regarding major utility providers in Thunder Bay and has applications for new utility connections.

Regulations and Guidelines

Interactive Zoning Map - Use this map to find the current zoning on any property in the City of Thunder Bay. 

  • Zoning By-Law - Download a consolidated copy of the City of Thunder Bay Zoning By-Law 100-2010.
  • Visit the City of Thunder Bay's Zoning webpage to see all zoning by-laws, former by-laws, surviving paragraphs or to make an enquiry.

Urban Design - Urban design is both visual and practical. People are more likely to visit a site, a neighbourhood, or a city if it looks good and functions well. Using best urban design practices ensures this. Good design makes people happier and calmer. Well-designed sites maintain their value and increase values in their area.

The vision for Thunder Bay is a city that is attractive, accessible, walkable, and resilient. To achieve this, we must use urban design best practices. The City of Thunder Bay has two documents that guide the design of private and public lands. These are the Urban Design Guidelines and the Image Route Guidelines.

Municipal Bids - The City uses the Bids & Tenders website for all bid opportunities. Register/sign-up for an account within the site that relates to your appropriate category, or Log In if you already have an account. Documents are no longer available at Supply Management.

Development Codes, Ordinances, Standards, & Interpretations

Ontario Building Code - This website provides detailed information regarding Ontario's Building Code.

Environmental Legislation

Ontario Environmental Protection Act - Download a complete copy of the current Environmental Protection Act, or search through the Act by regulations.

Ontario's Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks - This webpage includes business resources such as: Environmental Assessments, Environmental Approvals, Environmental Registry, Hazardous Waste Management, Records of Site Conditions Registry, and Renewable Energy Projects.

For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.


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