Site Plan Review Standards Manual

Site Plan Control refers to the process in which municipalities regulate development in accordance with their physical planning, built form, and operational objectives obtained within their Official Plan. Under Section 41 of the Ontario Planning Act, development within municipalities is subject to Site Plan Control. This is to ensure that development will:

  • Be compatible with adjacent or nearby properties
  • Have safe and easy access for pedestrians and vehicles
  • Have adequate landscaping, parking, and servicing
  • Meet specific standards of quality and appearance
  • Built and maintained in the way that council approved

The entire area within the City of Windsor is designated as a Site Plan Control Area under the jurisdiction of City of Windsor By-law 1-2004. The by-law focuses on:

  • Lands adjacent to major roads
  • Commercial, industrial, mix-use, medium/high profile residential development
  • City Centre Planning District
  • Designated heritage conservation districts
  • Areas subject to environmental policies
  • Areas in need of improvement

Note: Some developments such as small-scale low profile residential developments, temporary buildings or structures, and small parking areas may be exempt from Site Plan Control. 

To implement Activity #9 of its Municipal Urban Design Agenda, Windsor SEEN, the City Of Windsor Planning Department is in the process of preparing a Site Plan Review Manual. This reference will clearly explain the process of Site Plan Review in a step-by-step procedure. The manual also will outline in one place, all the design standards typically required by each city department in the review of Site Plan applications.

For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, contact us at:

Planning & Building Services Department
Planning Division
Suite 210, 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6543
Fax: (519) 255-6544