Apply for site plan approval

Changes to fee payments

As of January 1, 2023 you will no longer be able to pay for your application fees by cheque. View the pay fees information below for more details.

If you’re planning construction of a new building or addition, and the property is subject to site plan control, you’ll need to apply for site plan approval.

The purpose of site plan approval is to review the location and design of buildings and structures, maintain urban and landscape design guidelines, and include sustainable design standards.

To find out if you need site plan approval, you can call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or check the property information online.

If you applied for site plan approval before January 1, 2016. Use our development application tool to check the progress of your application.

All site plan applications must be submitted online through ePlans.

Online application process

1. Create account and submit pre-application meeting request

Start by creating an ePlans account. Then log into ePlans and follow the steps to submit your pre-application meeting request, which includes uploading your drawings and documents.

You should submit the following drawings and documents with your pre-application meeting request for site plan approval:

  1. Site plan, including the following:
    • Building footprint and dimensions (existing and proposed)
    • Building setbacks from all lot lines (existing and proposed)
    • Site statistics (for example lot area, existing and proposed gross floor area, parking required and provided)
    • Landscaped areas/buffers and dimensions
    • Site access, driveway location, parking areas and dimensions
  1. Elevation drawings with height dimensions (for example floor-to-floor and overall building height)
  2. Floor plans, survey plan and images of the property and surrounding area, if available
  3. A cover letter, including the following:
    • Applicant and property owner names
    • Brief description of the proposal
    • The proposed tenure
    • The development application you’re seeking

Drawings and documents should be saved in the correct view orientation.

File names for all drawings should include the first letter of the discipline name, such as “A” for architectural, followed by the three digit sheet number and drawing type. For example, “A100 Site Plan”.

Each drawing plan sheet should be an individual file.

Make sure to use the “Complete – Notify the City of Mississauga” button to submit your request.

Once we receive your pre-application meeting request, we’ll review the drawings and documents you’ve submitted, tell you what additional information is required, or any changes that should be made.

We’ll also let you know what type of site plan application you need, which is usually one of the following:

  • Standard Site Plan Application
  • Limited Site Plan Application
  • Site Plan Approval Express
  • Infill Housing (new dwellings, replacement housing and additions)
  • Development Not Subject to Site Plan Approval

For certain types of site plan application we may not need to meet you for a formal pre-application meeting. We’ll let you know if you need a meeting within five to seven business days of your request.

All feedback will also be available for you to view in ePlans.

Complete your pre-application meeting

A pre-application meeting with staff must be completed before you can move on to step two and submit your site plan application request.

2. Submit a site plan application request

When you’re ready to submit your site plan application, log into ePlans and follow the steps to create a site plan approval request and pay the administration fee.

Shortly after submitting your site plan request, you’ll receive an email that includes your temporary project number and an invitation to upload the required site plan documents.

You’ll be given a Submission Requirements Checklist at your pre-application meeting. This will list the drawings and documents you need to upload, which will be some or all of the following:

Forms and schedules

Schedules and site plan undertaking documents are required for all site plan applications. You may be asked to submit the additional forms, depending on your application.

Guidance documents

View the terms of reference documents for an explanation on the information required for each study, report or plan submitted as part of a site plan application.

3. Prescreen review

After you upload the drawings and documents, we’ll do a prescreen review to ensure the requirements are met. This usually takes three to five business days.

If we still need more information, we’ll email you. All prescreen corrections will need to be made by you in order to move ahead with the application process.

4. Pay fees

After the prescreen review, you will receive an email to pay your fees. To ensure there are no delays in processing your application, or having your application deemed incomplete, please submit your fee calculation worksheet for approval before any payment is made.

If you make an error in your payment, you will need to request a refund from the City which could take up to five business days to process.

When you’re ready to pay your fees, you have three options:

You can make electronic payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or wire transfer for planning application fees that exceed $30,000 and can’t be paid through ePlans or by email payment.

A $15 surcharge is applicable to all wire transfers. Please make sure this amount is added to your payment before transferring your payment to the City.

EFT payment process
  1. Complete the Electronic Payment Information Form

Please make sure that the information you provide in the form matches the information you send with your payment. This will prevent any delays in verifying and processing your payment.

    • If you’re paying as an individual you’ll need to include your name, full address, phone number and email address on the information form.
    • If you’re paying as a company you’ll need to include the legal business name, GST/HST registration number, company address, phone number, and the email address of a company representative on the information form.
  1. Submit the Electronic Payment Information Form

Email the form to both the City staff member who requested the payment and to In the subject line of your email please write “Electronic Payment” and include the file number and/or the property address.

  1. Pay the fees

The City staff member will email you the City’s banking information. Make the transfer through your financial institution and email the receipt to the City staff member who requested the payment and to

You can make an Interac e-transfer payment for application fees that are less than $25,000.

How to make an Interac e-transfer (email) payment
  • Prepare your Interac e-transfer (email) from your bank
  • In your message to the contact, make sure you include a cross-reference number to link the application to the fee payment:
    • Planning applications cross-reference number is the “ePlans Pre-Application Number”
    • Site plan inspections cross-reference number is the “Application Number”
  • Email the payment to

When you make your payment it will be automatically deposited to the City. There are no reversals or cancellations.

You can use a credit card to pay for application fees that are less than $30,000. Credit card payments must be processed through ePlans.

Once we’ve received your payment, City staff will clear the payment condition. It can take up to two business days for us to receive the transaction information and for the payment condition to be cleared.

Once you’ve paid the fees, your application will be created and we’ll email you an application number.

5. Department review

Your application will be reviewed by the relevant City departments and agencies to make sure it meets all the requirements. You can view all of the comments in your “Project Status Report” in ePlans.

Resubmit revised or more information

If any of the review groups have withheld your application you will need to resubmit revised or additional information. We’ll send you an “applicant resubmit” email telling you what to do next.

6. Your site plan is approved

Once your application is approved by all the review groups, you’ll be notified via email that your stamped and approved plans are available to download in ePlans. Site plan approval is valid for one year from the date shown on the plans.

We’ll also forward your site plan approval to the Building Department so they have it on file when you’re ready to apply for your building permits.

7. Site inspection

The last step in the process it to complete site inspections to ensure the development is in compliance with the approved site plan.

There are two types of inspections that you can apply for:

  1. Final Site Works Inspection – Initial
  2. Final Site Works Inspection – Second or additional

To arrange a Site Works Inspection, please contact either Dan Magee ( or Brad Jakubowski (

Once you have arranged for your inspection, you have three options for paying your inspection fees:

Once the site inspections are completed, any securities collected as part of the development approval process will be released to applicant.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the process please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or email

You can also contact your reviewers directly if you have questions about their comments. The phone number and email address for each reviewer is located on the first page of the “workflow – project status report” in ePlans.