Table of Contents Panhandles


A panhandle is a long, narrow portion of a lot whose principal function is to provide access to the lot. It generally touches a road. Panhandles should be of sufficient width to serve the intended use. If the lot can be further subdivided, the panhandle should be wide enough to contain a public road. Local bylaws may apply.

Panhandle lots must also meet the following requirements:

  • There must be a waiver from the frontage requirements
  • Panhandles for lots that can be further subdivided must be suitable for construction of a future road. They must meet intersection and grade requirements If it is anticipated that a 20-metre panhandle will become a future road, provision should be made to allow for future corner cut-offs

  • The area of the panhandle cannot be included in the area of the lot for the purpose of meeting minimum parcel size

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website ( to make sure your version is sufficiently current.