Appointment Only Office Hours

Due to the increasing number of positive cases on COVID-19 in the Commonwealth and in the Town of Canton, all municipal offices will be moving to a “by-appointment only” service model beginning at 8:00 a.m. on December 21, 2020.

This model will remain in effect until such time as the Covid 19 positivity rate reflects a sustained downward trend as it did during the months of June, July and August. All offices shall be staffed as is currently being done.

Prior to December 21, 2020 notices of the service model change and departmental phone numbers will be posted on each building entry door and a notice and phone list will be added to the Town’s web age. Each department should add the notice to their own web page. The Town will also use social media and local newspapers to publicize the service change.

The appointment only service model is intended to limit contacts between visitors and employees; thereby promoting a safer work environment for visitors and employees.

Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for working towards town-wide goals with regard to zoning, land use, transportation, housing, economic development, sustainability, and other areas specified in the Canton Master Plan. The Planning Departments also works to help procure grants and accomplish other special projects to reach town goals. The Town Planner works with the Planning Board and provides technical review and assistance for projects reviewed by the Planning Board.

Planning Board

Find information about upcoming Planning Board meetings, projects that are under review, and how to apply.

Applications, Forms, and Checklists

Meetings (Agendas, Meeting Documents)

Rules and Regulations


Planning Studies

View a full list of plans and projects here

Maps and Data

View a full list of maps and data here.

Sustainability Initiatives

View a list of sustainability initiatives relating to energy, waste, water, transportation, and climate change here.  

Stay Informed

Sign up for the Planning Department News Flashes, Calendar, or Agenda alerts via the Town’s Notify Me service. You can receive emails about project updates, public event announcements, upcoming Planning Board agendas, and links to topics of interest related Town planning.

Look for event announcements and other updates from the Canton Planning Department Facebook feed.