Applications, Licenses and Permits

Property Information Report Request Form

Applications for the ‘Property Information Report’ can now be applied & paid for through the online portal. 

Follow the link below, you will be required to create an account and set up a profile then complete the steps as required


Building and Plumbing Permits

Apply for small commercial or large commercial building permits. Learn about permit fees, processing time, and other required approvals.



Building and Plumbing Forms and Documents

Visit this page for supplementary information to building permits, architect and engineer design forms, demolition permits and inspection requirements.



Planning Applications

These applications include: consent to sever, minor variance, zoning amendments, as well as the appeal process and support for official plans. 



Utility Services and Utility Location Permits

This page has information regarding major utility providers in Thunder Bay and has applications for new utility connections.



Environmental Legislation

Ontario Environmental Protection Act

Download a complete copy of the current Environmental Protection Act, or search through the Act by regulations.



Ontario's Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

This webpage includes business resources such as: Environmental Assessments, Environmental Approvals, Environmental Registry, Hazardous Waste Management, Records of Site Conditions Registry, and Renewable Energy Projects.



Regulations and Guidelines

Interactive Zoning Map

Use this map to find the current zoning on any property in the City of Thunder Bay. 

  • Zoning By-Law – Download a consolidated copy of the City of Thunder Bay Zoning By-Law 100-2010.
  • Visit the City of Thunder Bay’s Zoning webpage to see all zoning by-laws, former by-laws, surviving paragraphs or to make an enquiry.
Urban Design

Urban design is both visual and practical. People are more likely to visit a site, a neighbourhood, or a city if it looks good and functions well. Using best urban design practices ensures this. Good design makes people happier and calmer. Well-designed sites maintain their value and increase values in their area.

The vision for Thunder Bay is a city that is attractive, accessible, walkable, and resilient. To achieve this, we must use urban design best practices. The City of Thunder Bay has two documents that guide the design of private and public lands. These are the Urban Design Guidelines and the Image Route Guidelines.

Municipal Bids

The City uses the Bids & Tenders website for all bid opportunities. Register/sign-up for an account within the site that relates to your appropriate category, or Log In if you already have an account. Documents are no longer available at Supply Management.



Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Accelerate your business’ growth with  support from IRAP. Funding is provided for innovative research and development programs as well as assisting with hiring recent graduates.


Development Codes, Ordinances and Standards

Ontario Building Code

This website provides detailed information regarding Ontario’s Building Code.



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