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Official Plan, By-Laws & Guidelines

Various County plans, by-laws and procedures/guidelines relevant to land use are listed here

Official Plan

The County of Oxford Official Plan

The contents of the Official Plan reflect the latest consolidation of Official Plan amendments, as of September 30, 2020. For up to date information on a specific property, please contact the Planner for the area municipality.

Application Fees

Please check the current fee schedule prior to submission of your application.

Application Forms

Forms are available for the various types of development regulated by the Planning Act

When printing, please print all forms single-sided.

County of Oxford - Static Forms
County of Oxford - Online Forms
(Use these forms when completing them electronically using Adobe Acrobat/Reader)

Oxford County Woodland Conservation By-Law Form

Approval Authorities

The Area Municipalities are the approval authority for zoning by-law amendments, site plan control and minor variances.  Please choose the appropriate link from the Municipal map found here.

County of Oxford Official Plan

County-Wide Application Notices and Reports

All active development applications are listed here, along with their associated notices and reports

OP 16-04-9 - County of Oxford
Official Plan Amendment
General text amendments relating to municipal services

OP 15-08-9 - County of Oxford
Official Plan Amendment
County Development Strategy and Waste Management Policies

Official Plan - 5 Year Review
The County of Oxford in 2008 initiated a mandatory 5 year review of the County Official Plan. The Planning Act, RSO 1990, requires that a municipality revises its Official Plan a minimum of once every 5 years, as required to ensure that it conforms to Provincial Plans, has regard for matters of Provincial interest and is consistent with Provincial Policy Statements and that policies relating to areas of employment are confirmed or amended. The Planning Act requires that a special public meeting of Council be held to provide information on the 5 year Official Plan Review process and to receive public input. This meeting also served to initiate the Official Plan review process, which is anticipated to take approximately three years to complete. The geographic scope of the review includes all lands within Oxford County.

Development charges

In addition to the County Development Charges, most area municipalities in Oxford County also have Development Charges by-laws which can be found on the individual Municipal pages or listed below.

NEW: Oxford County is updating its development charges based on recent changes to the Development Charges Act. To read the background study, learn more about the public meeting on February 24, or to find out how to submit a comment on the proposed changes, visit Speak Up, Oxford!

Who Pays For Growth
Development Charges Fact Sheet (Effective April 2020)
Development Charges Annual Report 2019


6121-2019 County Wide Development Charge By-law
6122-2019 Woodstock Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6123-2019 Tillsonburg Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6124-2019 Ingersoll Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6125-2019 Tavistock Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6126-2019 Norwich Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6127-2019 Thamesford Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6128-2019 Plattsville Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6129-2019 Drumbo Area Specific Development Charge By-law
6130-2019 Mt. Elgin Area Specific Development Charge By-law


Development Charges Background Study

NEW: An updated background study, 2021 Development Charges Update Study, is now open for public review and comment. For more information please visit

The Development Charges Background Study provides the basis and background required to update the County's development charges to accurately reflect the future servicing needs of new development. The analysis assesses the development-related costs associated with the following County services:

  • Library 
  • Land Ambulance
  • Administration
  • Waste Diversion
  • Roads and Related
  • Water
  • Wastewater