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The Planning and Heritage Department has moved to 233 Queen Street

The Planning and Development Department consists of Planning, Heritage, and Building Inspections. Projects involving changes to land or buildings in the City are required to be reviewed by the Planning and Development Department. Permits are required for most projects other than general maintenance. Please contact us before you start your development plans.

Phone: 902.629.4158
Fax: 902.629.4156
Email: planning@charlottetown.ca


The Planning Department helps neighborhoods grow and change by working with citizens, businesses, and others on both short and long-term plans or projects. The Official Plan considers such items as land use, environmental services, housing, transportation, recreation, demographics, cultural and other physical factors to help plan for a healthy city we can all appreciate.

Planning Board meetings are held the first Monday of each month with submission materials required one week in advance of the meeting. Planning Board’s recommendations are considered by Council at its meeting scheduled for the second Monday of each month.

Learn More:
Signage Regulations
Subdivision Regulations
Business Licenses
Tax Incentive Strategy

Charlottetown HeritageThe City of Charlottetown has a distinct architectural heritage that contributes immeasurably to our economy and quality of life. In order to protect our heritage, we have identified buildings, landscapes and districts throughout the City that are managed through the Zoning and Development Bylaw.

Heritage Board, comprised of members of City Council and residents, serves as an advisory board to Council on matters pertaining to the safeguarding of our heritage. Typically, Board meetings occur on the last Tuesday of each month, and completed applications must be submitted to the Heritage Officer at least one week in advance of each meeting.

Property owners are encouraged to consider development that will enhance the heritage value of our buildings and streetscapes. In order to help achieve this, a grant program, tax incentive, the waiving of building permit fees on successful applications, and an awards program to honour those who have done outstanding work, are offered in the form of a Heritage Incentive Program.

Charlottetown HeritageOver the years, considerable community pride has developed as a result of improvements to heritage properties, reinforcing the fact that the City of Charlottetown's heritage resources are precious and irreplaceable. If you would like to learn more about heritage incentives, how to care for your heritage property, or the history of the City, please see the links below.

Learn More:

Heritage Incentives and Applications
Heritage Incentive Program
Heritage Grant Application
Tax Incentive Application

Property Design Guides
Design Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Resources
Guidelines for the Repair and Replacement of Historic Windows

Historical Information
Search a Property
Charlottetown Stories
City History

Active Transportation and Heritage Squares Reports

The City of Charlottetown, Town of Stratford, Town of Cornwall and the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are working together to develop an exciting plan to help improve conditions for cycling and walking in the Greater Charlottetown Area. The Regional Active Transportation Plan will recommend ways to develop comfortable and attractive pedestrian and cycling facilities that will connect major activity hubs throughout Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall.

The Regional Active Transportation Plan

Charlottetown's squares are examples of the past and provide a historical and cultural link to the original city building and shaping of Charlottetown. The squares and the neighbourhood fabric within which they are woven remains today and is a rich resource for the community. Originally intended as lush green spaces for shade, rest, relaxation, social interaction and passive recreation, the squares still provide a welcomed natural space within the tight urban core.

Heritage Squares Plan

Charlottetown Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan

The Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan represents a tremendous opportunity and challenge for the City of Charlottetown. If all of the partners involved in the implementation of this Plan take full advantage of the projects, ideas and concepts put forward through this planning exercise the result will be a stronger, more vibrant and beautiful Eastern Gateway. While the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation and its funding partners commissioned the development of this Plan, the implementation of the Plan will require the support and participation of many. This document provides a common vision for those many partners to work towards and describes how the Eastern Gateway should grow and change over the next 25-40 years. The Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan has the potential to frame dozens of individual decisions that will be made in the Gateway over the next decade and beyond. The Plan does not include all the detail required to make the concept a reality, but it will create a framework for more detailed planning in the future; it can guide public decisions about land use and zoning, capital investments and private decisions relative to locating and expanding businesses or institutions. Finally, the Plan presents an inspiring concept that challenges both the community and the various decision makers involved in Charlottetown's city-building processes to think differently about this part of their city and see its potential for a remarkable transformation

Learn More:
Charlottetown Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan

Related Files
Lot Grading Guidelines
Rough Grading Certificate
Final Grading Certificate
An Awareness Guide to Accessibility for Persons with Physical Challenges

Building Code Bylaw
Zoning & Development Bylaw

See all City of Charlottetown Bylaws

Application Forms
Guidelines for requiring Professional Design and Field Review
Variance, Rezoning, Subdivision Application
Building Permit
Schedule A: Letter of Undertaking
Schedule A-1: Prime Consultant
Schedule A-2: Building Design Requirements
Schedule A-3: Structural Design Requirements
Schedule A-4: Mechanical Design Requirements
Schedule A-5: Electrical Design Requirements
Schedule A-6: Fire Suppression Systems Design Requirements
Schedule A-7: Geotechnical Design Requirements
Schedule A-8: Plumbing Design Requirements
Schedule A-9: Declaration of Field review of Construction
Signage Application
Transient Traders Application
Heritage Grant Application
Moving Demolition Form
Zoning Use Inquiry Application

Fee Schedule
Planning & Heritage Deptartment Fee Schedule

Variance Process Brochure
Variance Process Brochure - Other
Subdivision and Consolidation of Lots
Rezoning-Bylaw Amend Process-Brochure
Heritage Incentive Guidelines
Home Occupations

Helpful Links
Government of Prince Edward Island
Provincial Corporate Business Names Registry
Provincial Environmental Protection Regulations
Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC)
Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Charlottetown Inc

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