Site Plan Agreement and Control


A site plan control agreement is required whenever you are looking to develop land. It is the process used to control and regulate various features on the site of the actual development, which includes the location of the building, landscaping, drainage, parking, and access. A site plan control agreement ensures that you have all of the appropriate approvals before making a significant investment in your property.

Site plan approval is required for all new commercial, industrial and institutional uses. It is also required for some residential uses, such as apartment buildings and townhouse complexes.


Pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, the whole of the City of Woodstock is designated as a site plan control area. In accordance with the City of Woodstock Site Plan Control By-law No. 8711-11, a Site Plan Control application is required for the following forms of development:

  • The construction or placement of a building, or addition to a building/structure, that has the effect of increasing the size of the development or usability of the site;
  • The establishment of a paved parking lot with five or more spaces, or the establishment of paving with a total lot area of 100 square meters (1,076.4 square feet ) or more; and,
  • Any alteration to the existing grading and/or drainage patterns of an existing site.

All submissions for Site Plan Control must meet the requirements of the City of Woodstock Zoning By-law No. 8626-10, as amended. Please consult with the City of Woodstock Engineering Department or County of Oxford Community Planning Office to determine if your property is subject to site plan control.


The site plan approval process consist of five steps, as follows:

  1. Pre-consultation
  2. Application Submission
  3. Circulation
  4. Site Plan Review Meeting
  5. Final Approval

Follow the link to the County Website for more information on the Site Plan Approval Process and for a copy of the Site Plan Control Agreement Application.

The complete the Site Plan Control Agreement application must be returned to the County of Oxford, 21 Reeve Street, P.O. Box 1614, Woodstock, ON, N4S 7Y3. 

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