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Development Engineering Review

Although York Region buildings are closed to the public, we continue to process development applications and conduct inspections.

To make a payment, please send cheques through mail or courier outlining the file number and applicant name.

Alternatively, applicants can use the Drop Box located at 17250 Yonge Street, near the north facing entrance doors. Please email developmentservices@york.ca to let us know you have used the Drop Box.


York Region Development Engineering conducts reviews and issues approvals for the following applications as they relate to proposed developments:

  1. Engineering Approval
  2. Construction Access
  3. Sales Office Access
  4. Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)
  5. Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
  6. Encroachment Permit applications

Development Engineering also reviews and comments on the following applications submitted under the Planning Act:

  1. Official Plan Amendment (OPA)
  2. Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA
  3. Site Plan
  4. Consent and Minor Variance

Please refer to the Development Planning Review page for detailed information and requirements about these applications.


Getting Started

All submissions must be submitted digitally through developmentservices@york.ca.

Regional Development Charges

All new developments in York Region are required to pay Development Charges. For Zoning by-law amendment and Site Plan applications, the applicant is required to execute an Agreement with York Region stating the date at which Development Charge rates are frozen for the development proposal.


Engineering Approval Application

Engineering Approval may be required from York Region as part of subdivision applications, site applications, local municipal or other agencies infrastructure projects when works are being proposed within or near the Region's right-of-way or the Region’s infrastructure. The projects may involve:

  • Road, intersection and traffic signals infrastructure
  • Sewers and watermains servicing infrastructure
  • Utilities and streetscape/landscape infrastructure
  • Environmental matters
  • Other Regional interests or initiatives such as transit and source water protection area

The Region reviews Engineering Approval applications to ensure compliance with requirements such as:

Applicants may request a pre-submission consultation meeting and proceed to the detailed engineering submission stage, if appropriate.

All submissions must be certified by a Professional Engineer, a Certified Arborist, a Landscape Architect, and/or a qualified professional, as required.

Submission Requirements

Please consult Other Financial Requirements for insurance and security deposit requirements.

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Site Plan Application

Site Plan applications are received, processed and circulated by the local municipality. Contact the appropriate local municipality regarding their application process:

Town of Aurora, Town of East Gwillimbury, Town of Georgina, Township of King, Town of Newmarket, City of Markham, City of Richmond Hill, City of Vaughan and Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

York Region reviews and approves Site Plan Applications for projects involving:

  • Neighbouring Regional roadways and infrastructure
  • Environmental matters
  • Other Regional interests or initiatives such as transit and source water protection area

The Region reviews these Site Plan applications to ensure compliance with requirements such as:

Applicants may request a pre-submission consultation meeting and proceed to the detailed engineering submission stage, if appropriate.

All submissions must be certified by a Professional Engineer, a Certified Arborist, a Landscape Architect, and/or a qualified professional, as required.

Submission Requirements

Please consult Other Financial Requirements for insurance and security deposit requirements.

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Development Engineering Design and Construction Guidelines and Standards

Development consultants and contractors undertaking work within the Regional Road allowance should consult the following resources:

  • Development Engineering and Construction Resources provides the most commonly used Engineering, Streetscape and Natural Heritage/Forestry design and construction specifications and standards.
  • Refer to the Road Design Guidelines for ALL Civil, Electrical, Streetscape and Natural Heritage & Forestry Design Guidelines, Standards and Specifications.
    • Regional Road Guidelines (Microsoft Word document)
    • Appendix G: Standard Utility Corridor Drawings
    • Appendix H: YRT Concrete Bus Pad Specifications and Drawings
    • Appendix I: Development, Electrical and Traffic Design Standards
    • Appendix J: Streetscape Details and Specifications
    • Appendix K: Natural Heritage and Forestry Planting Details
    • Appendix L: Regulated Planting Details and Specifications
  • The Mid and High Rise Development Process and Implementation Guide provides guiding principles, standards and checklists for mid and high density development applications in the Region’s built-up areas, particularly in the Centres and Corridors, and also for Site Plan applications in general. Please note Section 23 has been updated
  • Visit the Streetscape Program page for streetscape and landscape design requirements and standards
  • Please request e-drawings from past or existing projects on Regional roads by emailing drawings@york.ca

To access the Ontario Provincial Standards for Roads and Public Works, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Ontario Provincial Standards Volume page.


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Other Financial Requirements

Liability Insurance Coverage Requirements (Engineering Approval & Site Plan)

The Owner must submit to the Regional Development Engineering Section a certificate of insurance to show they have sufficient insurance coverage to meet the Region’s requirements. The following two forms must be completed to the satisfaction of the Region’s Manager of Risk Management:

The certificate must name The Regional Municipality of York as an additional insured with respect to:

    1. the Commercial General Liability Insurance, for an amount not less than $5,000,000 per occurrence.
    2. the Non-Owned Automobile Liability Insurance, for limits of not less than $2,000,000 per occurrence for each insurance.

Please consult the Certificate of Insurance form and COI Specific Information Requirements form for details.


Security Deposit Requirements

  • Security deposits are required as part of engineering and site plan approvals to ensure:
  • Construction works proposed in the Region’s right-of-way are completed in accordance with the approved design
  • Right-of-way is restored to the original conditions
  • Right-of-way is kept in good repair and free of mud, debris and encumbrances
  • Execution of required legal agreements
  • Conveyance of lands
  • Removal of accesses, wells, temporary encroachments and de-stressing of tie-backs
  • Implementation of noise attenuation and travel demand management features are implemented on site, etc.

The security deposit must be made payable to the “The Regional Municipality of York” in the form of a certified cheque or Letter of Credit and must be provided by the Owner of the property. Letters of Credit must be provided using the Region's standard form.

A summary of security requirements for development projects is provided below.

Security Type Requirement
Temporary Construction Access $20,000 minimum per access
Municipally Owned Works within Region's right-of-way 100% of the cost of the works proposed in Region's right-of-way
or
10% of the cost of the works proposed in the Region's right-of-way provided that the local municipality also fully secures the works

Works within the Region's right-of-way for Subdivision

Works within Region's right-of-way for Site Plan

100% of the cost of the works in Region's right-of-way

70% of the cost of the works in Region's right-of-way

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