Municipal Planning & Land Use By-laws

Welcome to the official Municipal Planning website of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality


CBRM Forward: Shaping Our Future 

At CBRM, we believe in responsible and sustainable development. Our commitment to the well-being and growth of our community is reflected in our comprehensive planning framework, CBRM Forward. Under the authority granted by the Province's Municipal Government Act, we have adopted a Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law that serve as the cornerstone of our planning

Municipal Planning Strategy: Guiding Our Growth

Our Municipal Planning Strategy provides a clear policy framework for the systematic and organized development of our Municipality. It sets the stage for sustainable growth by outlining our vision and policy statements. This document serves as a valuable reference point for everyone involved in shaping our community's future.

Land Use By-law: Turning Vision into Reality The CBRM

Land Use By-law is our primary tool for translating the goals outlined in the Municipal Planning Strategy into actionable guidelines. It prescribes specific land-use designations, governing how properties within our Municipality can be used. This document establishes standards for the physical layout and organization of buildings, covering aspects such as lot dimensions, building height, setbacks, parking requirements, and amenity space. 

Subdivision By-law: Fostering Well-Planned Communities

Our Subdivision By-law is dedicated to promoting thoughtful community development within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. This essential document provides guidelines and regulations for the adjustment of property boundaries. It addresses critical aspects such as lot size, access, and street design. Our Subdivision By-law ensures that new lot parcels align with our broader community vision for sustainable growth. 

A Valuable Resource for All 

Our planning documents are not just for municipal staff and council members. They provide essential guidance to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including developers, neighbors, and decision-makers. These documents clarify which types of land uses are encouraged in our region and those that are not. This guidance empowers decision-makers to make informed choices about future land uses, and it assists developers in determining whether their proposals align with our community's objectives. 


Access Our Planning Documents For your convenience, you can access the latest versions of the Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, and Subdivision By-law right here on our website. Simply click on the links below to explore these essential planning resources:

Municipal Planning Strategy

CBRM Land Use Bylaw Sept 2023

Regional Structure Map

Future Land use Map

Transportation Map

Subdivision bylaw

Interactive Map


These documents are crucial references for anyone interested in the growth and development of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Thank you for visiting our Municipal Planning website. We look forward to working together to create a vibrant, sustainable, and prosperous future for our community. 

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Land Use By-law Text Amendments 

The Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) has scheduled a Public Hearing to consider a series of text amendments to the CBRM Land Use By-law.  The proposed amendments are not meant to change the substance of the Land Use By-law, but rather improve its administration and compliance. The proposed amendment to the Land Use By-law can be viewed using the link below: 

Issue Paper and Amending By-law 

The Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, 2nd floor Civic Centre, 320 Esplanade, Sydney.  Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed amendment is welcome to make a presentation at the Public Hearing or make a written submission via email. Written submissions will be accepted by email or mail until 4:00 pm Friday, March 22nd, 2024. Written submissions must include your full name and address for the public record. 

Requests for further information can be directed to the Planning Department: 

Phone: (902) 563-5088

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