Apply for the removal of a holding symbol

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 the City’s placed a hold (H) on the zoning of your property, you’ll need to remove it before any development can move forward.

If you applied for removal of H before April 12, 2021, use our development application tool to check the progress of your application.

All removal of H 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 removal of H:

  1. Site plan, including the following:
    • Building footprint and dimensions (existing and proposed)
    • Building setbacks from all lot lines (existing and proposed)
    • Site statistics (e.g lot area, existing and proposed gross floor area, parking required and provided etc.)
    • Site access, driveway location, parking areas and dimensions
  1. Elevation drawings with height dimensions (i.e 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 which includes the applicant and property owner name, brief description of the proposal and who will be attending the meeting
  4. Above ground services plan to show any existing and proposed above ground feature such as fire hydrants, hydro poles, the Municipal Right of Way (for new roads), boulevard elements such as bus pads, lay-bys, tree corridor footprint, concrete sidewalk, tactile plates, others as applicable. It will specify which features are proposed, which existing features are to remain, and which ones are to be removed or relocated – Drawing No. AG1.

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.

If everything is correct, we’ll schedule a meeting with you and the Development Application Review Committee (DARC). At this meeting we’ll provide you with comments and feedback on your proposal along with a list of all the plans, studies and documentation that you need to submit with your application.

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

2. Submit a removal of H application request

When you’re ready to submit your removal of H application, log into ePlans and follow the steps to create a removal of H application request.

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

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 the 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 pb.eftpayment@mississauga.ca. 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 pb.eftpayment@mississauga.ca.

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”
  • Email the payment to com.planningfees@mississauga.ca

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 removal of H application is approved

Once all the review groups are satisfied, we’ll send a report to the Planning and Development Committee with a recommendation.

If Council supports the committee’s decision, a by-law is passed and the hold is removed from the zoning of your property.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the process please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or email eplans.devdes@mississsauga.ca.

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.