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New Subdivision Construction

Who to Contact:

Engineering Department
705-435-3900 x1301 or
905-729-0057 x1301

The Engineering Department supervises the construction of all new subdivisions, ensuring that all the roads, sidewalks, street lights, catch basins, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, watermains and service connections, including above ground works are constructed to the Town and provincial standards.

Who is involved in building a new subdivision?

  • Developer – The Developer, who owns the land, enters into a Subdivision Agreement with the Town to ensure that the construction of the subdivision meets the requirements of the Town and other public agencies. The Town holds financial securities to ensure the Developer performs all the requirements of the Agreement. There are a series of other agreements that may be entered into to facilitate the phased Development of the lands such as Bulk Earth Works, Pre-Servicing and Model Home Agreements which will need to be fulfilled by the Developer.
  • Consulting Engineer – Hired by the Developer, the Consulting Engineer is directly responsible for the supervision and administration of subdivision design and construction work.
  • Contractors – Contractors have various construction abilities and are hired by the Developer to construct all new infrastructure within the road allowance.
  • Builder – Buys lots from the Developer and then builds the homes that the Homeowners purchase.
  • Homeowners – Buy homes within the new subdivision.
  • Town – Town of New Tecumseth staff inspect the subdivision works undertaken by the Developer to ensure that it complies with the Subdivision Agreement. The Town won’t release the financial securities until it has inspected all work and the Developer has satisfied all parts of the Agreement.
  • Purchase and Sale Agreement – An agreement between the Homeowner and the Builder that outlines the details of the home purchase. The Agreement is between the Homeowner and the Builder and the Town is not party to this agreement.

Note: There may be exceptions to the above. The Builder and Developer may be one and the same in some subdivisions. In others, various Builders buy lots from one Developer.

Assumption of a Subdivision

Assumption of the subdivision by the Town occurs when the municipality assumes responsibility for the maintenance of all municipal services. This usually occurs within four to six years after the registration of the subdivision or when the Town is satisfied that the Developer’s obligations have been fulfilled (typically two years after the final coat of pavement has been installed throughout the subdivision). Until Assumption, the Development is responsible for all municipal services and the upkeep of the street (except for street sweeping and snow clearance). There are three milestones in the assumption process which are:

  1. Issuance of the Certificate of Substantial Completion (Underground) – The public services are constructed to base curb and asphalt. This is the point where building permits can be issued and house construction can begin, except for model homes which can happen sooner.
  2. Issuance of the Certificate of Substantial Completion (Above Ground) – This follows the completion of the fine grading, placing of sod, planting of boulevard trees and top asphalt. A maintenance period of a minimum of 24 months follows this certificate.
  3. Assumption – Where the maintenance period has expired and all deficiencies have been corrected by the Developer.

Grading/Sod Deposits

The grading/sod deposit is held by your Builder (not the Town) and is generally returned to the Homeowner following assumption. Check your Purchase and Sale Agreement to determine when your grading/sod deposit will be returned. If you require further information about your grading/sod deposit, contact your Builder.

Site Alteration and Grading

Approved lot grading and drainage designs are intended to protect private properties as well as the Town’s roads, ditches, culverts, boulevards and storm water drainage patterns from damages cause by water and erosion. If you plan to alter your grading in a new subdivision, make sure no swale or neighbouring drainage is disturbed. Owners are encouraged to seek the Town’s assistance and expertise before beginning any site alterations to fully understand the scope of work to their properties. For further information, please contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

Boulevard Tree Fees

The Boulevard Tree Fee is paid to your Builder (not the Town) for boulevard trees. This fee does not guarantee that a tree will be planted on the boulevard adjacent to your residential dwelling. If you require further information about boulevard trees, you can contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

Rear Yard Catch Basins

Rear yard catch basins and storm connections are installed on private property within easements to ensure access for maintenance by Town Staff. The Town becomes responsible for their maintenance following the assumption of the subdivision. Easements must be kept free of permanent structures; however, fences are permitted to be installed within easements, as they are not considered permanent. Should maintenance be required and the fence removed, it is the Owner’s expense to reinstall the fence.

Street Sweeping

Mud or dust that is tracked on the road from trucks or heavy equipment is the Developer’s responsibility to sweep. The number of times the street will be swept depends on the season and the amount of building and/or construction activity. If your street has a top coat of asphalt, debris deposited during out winter operations will be swept as part of the Town’s Spring Street Sweeping Program. Click here for more information on our Public Works operations. All other street sweeping is the responsibility of the Developer until assumption.

Easement Inquiries

An easement is an agreement between two parties in which one party may use land belonging to the other party for a limited purpose. If there is an easement on the title of your property, the Town can provide information regarding only easements in favour of the Town, such as those for Town infrastructure, drainage or grading. The Town cannot provide information regarding Utility Easements or Easements for Entry in favour of the Builder/Developer. Easements for Entry are usually temporary in nature, lasting only a few years or until the subdivision has been assumed. For any questions regarding easements, please contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

New Homeowner Frequently Asked Question’s

Is my subdivision assumed?

Assumption of the subdivision by the Town occurs when the municipality assumes responsibility for the maintenance of all municipal services. This usually occurs within 4 to 6 years after the registration of the subdivision. To determine if your subdivision is assumed, contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

How do I determine who is my Builder, Developer or Consulting Engineer?

Your Purchase and Sale Agreement will indicate the name of your Builder. If you require assistance in determining your Builder, Developer or Consulting Engineer, contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

When will the sod be laid? When will I have grass?

The Subdivision Agreement sets out time frames for completion of the grading and sodding of your lot. Your lot may not be sodded immediately as it is best to wait for settlement to occur to corrective works later on. The Town does not know the exact timing of sod placement. Contact your Builder for more information.

When will I get my grading/sod deposit back?

The builder (not the Town of New Tecumseth) holds the grading/sod deposit to your home. Builders generally return the grading/sod deposit to the Homeowner after the Town has assumed the subdivision. Check your Purchase and Sale Agreement to determine when your grading/sod deposit will be returned. If you require more information about your grading/sod deposit, contact your Builder.

I see a pond in almost every new subdivision. Why are they there?

Stormwater is the water that flows across the land, into drainage systems and ultimately, into natural areas, such as creeks and wetlands. As we develop natural land into subdivisions with houses, roads and parking lots, we reduce the amount of land that will absorb the stormwater. To avoid flooding and erosion and to manage run-off, the Town must ensure that each new subdivision has a stormwater management program, which is often an engineered pond. For more information on Stormwater Management Ponds, contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

When will the trees on the boulevard be planted?

The Developer is responsible for ensuring the trees on the boulevard have been planted, which is usually after the sod has been laid. If lots were sodded in the fall, the street trees will probably be planted the next spring. If the lots were sodded in the spring, the street trees will probably be planted in the fall, weather permitting. Trees are usually not planted during the hot and dry months of July and August. Trees will be planted in keeping with the approved landscaping plans and may not necessarily be in front of every home. For more information, contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

If the tree on the boulevard dies, who do I contact to have it replaced?

The Developer is responsible for replacing dead trees until assumption. Before the Town assumes responsibility for the subdivision, the Town and Developer will take an inventory of the trees to be replaced, addressing any complaints or reports from Homeowners. To report a dead tree, contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 ext. 1301 or by email at

I paid for a tree, but one was not planted in front of my home. Why?

A boulevard tree may not necessarily be planted in front of every home. Be advised that the Town of New Tecumseth is not involved with any fees paid by Homeowners to Builders for boulevard trees. If you require more information about your boulevard tree fee, contact your Builder.

When will my driveway be paved?

The Subdivision Agreement requires the Developer/Builder to pave your driveway from the garage face to the street curb. Base asphalt is placed after occupancy of your home and top course is placed when top course is placed on the roadway. Contact your Builder with respect to the timing of completion.

Will there be hydro/utility box, sidewalk or street light in front of my house?

For information on the placement of your hydro/utility boxes, sidewalks or street lights, contact your Builder.

Does the Town perform basic municipal services in a new subdivision even if it is not yet assumed by the Town?

As soon as one person occupies a home on a street in a new subdivision, municipal services are provided including but not limited to snow removal operations, by-law and parking enforcement and waste collection. The following links provide further information on each of these services:

Who do I contact to have the street swept?

Mud or dust that is tracked on the road from trucks or heavy equipment is the Developer’s responsibility to sweep. The number of times the street will be swept depends on the season and the amount of building activity. Contact the Engineering Department by phone at 705-435-3900 Ext. 1301 or by email at should you have any concerns regarding street sweeping within your new subdivision.

If the street requires sweeping due to sand that was deposited throughout the winter season, the Public Works Department will sweep the street. Click here for more information on the Town’s Street Sweeping Program. The street must have a final top coat of asphalt to be part of this program.

Can I have the street light in front of my house moved to a different location?

Streetlights cannot be relocated as they are installed in specific locations to meet design standards for adequate lighting on the street. The minimum distance between a street light base and the edge of a driveway is one meter.

When can I put up a fence, shed or pool on my new lot?

It is recommended to only install your fence, shed or pool after the Town has received the Grading Certification from the Developer’s Consulting Engineer. This generally occurs 8-12 weeks after the sod has been placed and all deficiencies have been addressed.

When can I apply for a Building Permit for any changes to my property in a new subdivision?

You can apply for a Building Permit for your swimming pool, fence, shed or any other changes at any time, but preferably after the Town has received Grading Certification from the Developer’s Consulting Engineer.