Public Notices / Newsletter

Storefront Improvement Program

Carman Dufferin Economic Development is continuing our partnership program to assist business owners in updating or enhancing their store fronts. Projects may include building facelifts/upgrading, new signage that reflects a community theme and landscaping enhancements.

Program Eligibility Criteria

    • The project applicant must be a non-profit community organization, small business or cooperative.
    • The project must be located in a public place within the “main street” area.
    • The project must be an aesthetic improvement to a storefront.

Carman Dufferin Economic Development will provide funding to projects that follow a theme of aesthetic improvements to storefronts. Carman Dufferin Economic Development is proposing to provide applicant businesses with up to $500 as a matching grant but up to $200 in matching funds would be available for projects that include non-permanent features such as flowers.

* Please note that you are not limited on the project costs, however, the maximum contribution from Carman Dufferin Economic Development is a maximum of $500. The applicant will be required to complete the project and then submit receipts for reimbursement of the grant amount.

Carman Dufferin Economic Development has budgeted funds to accommodate a limited number of applicants. If you are interested in participating in this partnership opportunity, please fill out the attached application and return it to the Director of Economic Development by March 17, 2020. Because there is a limited budget for this partnership, applications will be approved on a first come, first serve basis. Projects may not be started until funding approval has been received from the Economic Development Office; therefore, approved projects will be initiated in the spring/summer of 2020 and must be completed by December 15, 2020. Receipts not submitted prior to December 15, 2020 will not be eligible.

If you would like to discuss this program or other opportunities for business development, please do not hesitate to call 204-745-2675 or email

Click on the following links to view the application form in pdf or word:
Word: Storefront Improvement Package 2020
PDF: Storefront Improvement Package 2020

Winter Newsletter


Click the following link to view a PDF of the Winter Newsletter: Winter Newsletter

Carman-Dufferin Planning District Fees Effective January 1, 2020

Click on the following link to view a pdf document of the information below: 2020 Schedule Fees

Building Permit Fees-
Issuance of building pemrit for the construction, erection, placement, alteration, repair, or renovation of a building, structure or sign other than a temporary building or sign shall be based on the following table:
Effective January 1, 2020

Valuation                                       Fee
.75% of Value
Minimum Permit                          $160.00
Relocation/Moving Permit          $160.00 flat fee
Demolition Permit                        $160.00 flat fee
Development Permit                    $125.00 flat fee
Occupancy Permit                        $100.00 flat fee
Decks                                              $160.00 flat fee
Swimming Pools/Hot Tubs          $160.00 flat fee
Sign Permit                                     $75.00 flat fee
Plan Review Fee                             $75.00 flat fee
Deposit – Residential/Business    $750.00 flat fee
Deposit – Garage/Accessory         $500.00 flat fee

Building Valuation Schedule                                       Value
Residential/Business Buildings
All Construction (Residential or Commercial)         $90.00 sq ft
Basements/Foundations/Crawl Spaces                   $25.00 sq ft
Additions/Renovations (Min Charge $450.00)        $90.00 sq ft

Garages Detached or Attached
Un-Insulated (Min Charge $300.00)                         $45.00 sq ft
Insulated (Min Charge $400.00)                                $45.00 sq ft

Accessory Buildings
Under 120 sq ft                                                           No Fee
Pre Fabricated Building                                             $225.00 flat fee
Accessory Building (Min charge $300)                    $30.00 sq ft

Plumbing Permits
Permit Fee (up to 7 outlets -Residential)                $125.00 flat fee
Other Commercial/Multi Family                              $20.00 per fixture

Penalty Fee
The fees shall be twice the normal rate when a permit has not been obtained prior to the commencement of the actual work, through neglect, or some other reason.

Inspection Fees
Where an inspection of a building or structure not provided for by a permit, is requested and conducted, the fee shall be $75.00 for the first hour or fraction thereof, plus traveling expenses and shall be billed by the Town of Carman and the fees retained by the said district. Any additional inspections will be charged out at $75.00 per inspection.

Building Permit Refunds:
Whenever a permit is revoked or surrendered for cancellation within six months after obtaining the permit, a refund of the fees shall be made after deducting the first $75.00 plus $75.00 for each inspection made after the issuance of the permit.

Miscellaneous Fees:
Conditional Use                                                                      $350.00
Variation Order                                                                       $350.00
Zoning By-law amendments                                                 $750.00 plus costs
Development Plan amendments                                         $750.00 plus costs
Minor Variations (up to 15% by Development Officers)  $100.00

Zoning Memorandums:
One and two family dwellings                                                                         $40.00
For all other buildings                                                                                       $55.00
Request for a letter to confirm Zoning regulations on specific property $55.00
Request for outstanding work orders letters on a specific property        $40.00

Carman-Dufferin Planning District Change of Office Hours

Carman Dufferin Planning District
(Change of OFFICE HOURS)
The Planning Office will be open MONDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY (Closed Tuesday and Friday)
Information for your permit may be left at your municipal office (main floor) or by emailing
Rick Vandekerkhove, Building Inspector will be working his normal hours and may be reached at 1-204-299-8332.

Expropriation Inquiry Officer Report

The following link is the document issued by the Inquiry Officer for the expropriation of Lot 2 Plan 36538 by the Town of Carman: Inquiry Report – Hetherington(final)-1

Winter Transfer Station Hours

Winter Transfer Station Hours

October 1st to March 31st.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday and Thursday

11:00am – 4:00pm