City of Cornwall – Heart of the City Program: Municipal Planning/Development Fees Grant


A landowner upgrading or redeveloping a property can receive full reimbursement for such items as an Official Plan/ Zoning Amendments and Building Permits.

Comments on Funding:

The landowner pays for all planning and development approval/permit costs. These costs, in their entirety, are reimbursed to the landowner, in the form of a grant, based on the following schedule:

  1. Official Plan Amendments at building permit;
  2. Zoning By-Law Amendment at building permit;
  3. Combined OPA/Rezoning at building permit;
  4. Site Plan Control grant at time of application;
  5. Minor Variance Application/Consent to Sever at building permit;
  6. Plan of Subdivision at draft approval. Also, may include a portion of applicable City Engineering Fee Costs;
  7. Plan of Condominium at draft approval;
  8. Building Permit Fees at occupancy permit; and
  9. Demolition Permit Fees at time of demolition.
    (NOTE: fees are subject to change on an annual basis.)

Rebate is limited to 100% of the fees listed above and excludes any and all other fees, charges and costs incurred by the applicant in securing the required Planning and Building approvals/permits.


Applicants must be land owners upgrading or redeveloping properties in the central core, or “Heart of the City”.
These areas include the downtown business district (Pitt Street and adjacent roadways) along with the Le Village shopping district.

Applications Steps:

Application steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit with their application:

  1. the concept/design plans;
  2. estimates for each of the areas of work based on the finalized plans.
  3. copy of their most current tax receipt;
  4. a Letter of Authorization from the Registered Owner(s) MUST accompany this request indicating support for the subject Applicant(s) to proceed accordingly, if the Applicant(s) is not the Registered Owner(s) of the Property subject to this HOTC Program Application.

Program Contact:

Heart of the City – Choose Cornwall : Choose Cornwall


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