Planning & Development

Town staff will assist you in completing your Planning and Development Permit applications before starting your project. For more information please contact the Town Hall, 119 Cumberland Street, 902-634-4410, ext. 225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance. Our staff will guide you through the approval process.  More information on the process is available pdf here (67 KB) .

Municipal Planning Strategy

The Municipal Planning Strategy is the policy document of Council regarding the use of land in Lunenburg. The accompanying Land Use By-law and Subdivision By-law are the documents through which Council's policies are administered. 

Land Use By-law

The Town's Land Use By-law describes the various development zones in Lunenburg.

Development Permit

The Land Use By-law regulates the type of use permitted on any lot in the Town of Lunenburg and the location of all buildings and structures on any lots. In addition, it deals with requirements for items such as signs, fences and parking. The main tool for administration of the Land Use By-law is the requirement for a development permit for any new development or change in use, or any new structure. Any change to the outside of a building on the lower portion of Dufferin Street, Falkland Street and Tannery Road also requires a development permit for heritage conservation purposes.

Development Agreement

A development agreement is a contract between the owner of a lot and the Town which allows a development which would not usually be allowed on the lot to occur subject to specific terms and conditions. For more information, please contact Dawn Sutherland, Planning and Development Manager, 902-634-4410, ext. 255, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Subdivision Approval

Any change in the boundary of a lot requires subdivision approval.  A "Subdivision Application" is the form used for this process, which generally begins with an applicant hiring a surveyor to prepare the required information.

Building Permit Approval

Please view our Building Inspection page by clicking here.

Town of Lunenburg Planning and Development Maps 

Municipal Climate Change Action Plan

A Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP) was completed by the Town of Lunenburg in February 2015. The MCCAP is divided into two sections including Adaptation and Mitigation. This plan is a means of considering climate change impacts within the Town boundaries. Planning enables the Town, residents, businesses and developers to better respond to climate change, reduce risk and minimize damage. The purpose of the MCCAP is to proactively plan for climate change and identify where adaptation and mitigation measures are necessary to improve public safety and community sustainability. The Town also hired a consultant to prepare a higher resolution map showing the impact of sea level rise and storm surge levels in the years 2025 and 2100. Both these documents can be viewed by clicking on the links provided below.

Lunenburg MCCAP

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Map

Project Lunenburg - Comprehensive Community Plan Project

Please visit our Project website at

The CCP was approved by Town Council on November 17, 2020. The final document is here