Lunenburg’s Planning documents are based on the Comprehensive Community Plan, which is a policy document that enables our community to plan its development for all aspects of community life. Planning helps build our future by managing growth and physical form through land use policies and regulations for form, use, and lots.

Public consultation is an integral part of many Planning projects. The pdf Public Participation Policy (184 KB) (2022) for Planning matters outlines the process.

Fact Sheets and/or news releases about Planning projects are available here.

How to speak with Planning & Development: The Planning Inquiries counter at Town Hall is open weekdays (except Wednesdays) from 8:30am-4:30pm or you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-634-4410 ext. 225. Meetings must be pre-arranged by appointment. To book an appointment, contact staff.

Permits

Permits are required for most projects, such as building a deck, erecting a fence, or changing the use of a property. Town staff will assist you in completing your Planning and Development Permit applications before starting your project. For permit inquiries, 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. Download the pdf Permit Process Flow Chart (168 KB)  for more information.

Town of Lunenburg Planning and Development Maps

Municipal Planning Strategy

The Town's 2021 regulations present an exciting and ground-breaking approach to planning in Atlantic Canada, and were built on the foundation of Project Lunenburg and the Comprehensive Community Plan.

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

Land Use Bylaw

*NEW* Online Zoning Look-up Map

The Town of Lunenburg has developed an online tool to assist residents and businesses in finding what zones apply to their property under the new three-layer lot/form/use designations in the 2021 Land Use Bylaw. To look up a property, use the street address, property ID number, or simply click on the map. Visit the Town of Lunenburg Online Zoning Look-up.

Subdivision Bylaw

Project Lunenburg CCP

The pdf Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) (34.26 MB) is the 40-year strategic plan for the Town of Lunenburg. The Town engaged its citizens over an 18-month process to define the community's goals and aspirations, and to chart a course that will have community efforts moving in the same direction, contributing to a shared vision for the future. Project Lunenburg was completed with the partnership of Upland Planning + Design.

For more details and information, including status reporting and Project Lunenburg community engagement documents, please visit the Comprehensive Community Plan page.

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.

Interactive Flood Model

With accelerated sea level rise due to climate change, the Town of Lunenburg worked with 3D Wave Design to create a visualizing tool that allows projection using factors like date, tide, storm surge, etc. to assist with flood mitigation planning. Visit the Lunenburg Interactive Flood Map online. (Please note it takes a few minutes to load.)