Site Alteration




The Town of Whitby Site Alteration By-law is a by-law to prohibit or regulate any alteration to the grade (topography) of land and the use of municipal highways through the movement, removal or placement of topsoil, soil or fill.

 In regulating these activities, five areas of concern must be addressed:

  1. Potential drainage impacts resulting from the site alteration activities; 
  2. Environmental concerns related to the quality of material being imported or exported; 
  3. Potential nuisance impacts to surrounding residents, such as, erosion, noise, dust, traffic, health, etc.; 
  4. Degradation and damages to public infrastructures; and, 
  5. Land use compliance of the proposed works.

 Application for a Site Alteration Permit is on a site by site basis and is a two-step process as follows:

  1. A pre-screening questionnaire shall be completed by the applicant in order to communicate information to the Town regarding the proposed site alteration activities.  Based on this information the proposed works will either be exempted or require a Site Alteration Permit.  Should a permit be required, the category of permit and a list of required supporting documents to be submitted with the permit application will be provided to the applicant. 
  2. The formal Site Alteration Permit Application to the Town will include:
  • the completed permit application; 
  • all required supporting documents; and, 
  • application fee. 

What you should know...

The installation of swimming pools, or land disturbance related to minor gardening or landscaping does not require a Site Alteration Permit.

Still have questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding Site Alteration By-law, please contact Engineering Services at 905.430.4307 or Open new window to send an email to Engineering.

Filing a Complaint

To file a complaint regarding a possible by-law contravention, please contact By-law Services by email or complete the online complaint form below.

All complaints, including emails, must contain the complainant's name, address and phone number. Please note that all personal information about complaints is kept confidential.