The Town of Saugeen Shores Development Services Department works with the County of Bruce Planning Department and others to support development and planning initiatives in our community.

View our active Planning Notices to learn about development applications that are currently under review in Saugeen Shores.

Planning responsibilities

Planning-related duties and decision-making are shared among the County, Town, Committee of Adjustment and Council.


The County administers the process for Minor Variances, Zoning By-law Amendments, Official Plan Amendments, Consents/Severances and Plans of Subdivisions and Condos.

If you have any questions about these development activities, contact the County Planning Department.


The Town administers the process for Site Plans and Subdivision/Condominium Agreements.

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment makes decisions on Minor Variances. The Committee meets once per month to consider applications.


All other planning applications aside from Minor Variances are considered by Town Council.

Design guidelines

The Town has the following design guidelines available for developers to use in their planning process. Please note that we are currently reviewing our design guidelines for development along Highway 21.