Site Alteration

The City of Brantford’s Site Alteration By-law was enacted to control site alteration activities within the City, such as the alteration of the grade of land, the placing or dumping of fill and the removal of topsoil.

The following provides residents and the development community information on when a site alteration permit is required.

The requirement of a permit allows the city to ensure: 

  • Existing drainage patterns are maintained.
  • Interference and damage to watercourses or water bodies is limited.
  • Water quality is maintained.
  • Erosion and sedimentation is prevented.
  • Unanticipated drainage and site alteration is prevented.
  • The use of hazardous and/or improper fill is prevented.
  • Natural heritage features such as wetlands, valley lands, and woodlands and areas of archaeological resources are protected.

When is a Site Alteration Permit Required?

The following are common projects requiring a Site Alteration Permit

  • Physical change to a site through the placement or dumping of fill, the removal of vegetation, the removal of topsoil, excavation/movement of earth, compaction of soil, the creation of hard surfaces (driveway, houses, etc.), obstruction of drainage features, the modification of watercourses.
  • Work performed on private property causing a blockage to a drainage course and potential flooding on a neighboring property.
  • Planning applications such as plan of subdivision, site plan and severance.
  • The change to an approved subdivision grading and/or servicing plan that modifies the existing drainage design.
  • The construction of swimming pools (above or in ground),
  • Infilling on lots.
  • Building additions.
  • Detached Garages and sheds.

The permit application process

The applicant for a Site Alteration Permit should submit the following items when they apply:

To apply for a permit, please contact us at:

Public Works Administration
City of Brantford, 58 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON N3T 2J2
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For questions on permits, please contact us at:

Engineering Services Division
City of Brantford, 58 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON N3T 2J2
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