Business, planning and development

Visit our plans, studies and strategies page to find the city's official plan and other planning documents.

Submit a development application
  • submit an application for development, minor variances, demolition, zoning bylaw changes, official plan amendments and residential developments
  • learn about the process, rules and fees and charges for development
Learn about Economic Development
  • find data about the workforce and demographics
  • learn about incentive programs and costs to do business here
Get a business licence, permit or grant
  • apply for a business licence and grant
  • get a permit for signs or patios or permission for filming
Find development applications, plans and data
  • review the Official Plan, Zoning bylaw and planning and land use data
  • apply for affordable housing grants and how else the city supports development
Manuals, guidelines and standards
  • learn more about planning, urban design and development
  • find the reference documents that explain development requirements
Visit EngageWaterloo
  • learn about city-led projects, zone change applications and official plan amendments
  • give feedback on projects that impact your community