The City's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 001-2021
Zoning By-laws, which are set and governed by City Council, implement the policies and land uses outlined by the official plans.
The Zoning By-law divides the city into different zones and determines how land in each zone can be used. This includes: standards for building heights, setbacks, lot sizes, lot dimensions and parking requirements; types of buildings allowed and how they can be used, such as for commercial or residential purposes; and where buildings and other structures can be located.
To make minor changes to the zoning, such as building an addition on to a house that extends slightly into a minimum yard depth required by the Zoning By-law, the property owner must apply to have the zoning amended by the Committee of Adjustment. Committee of Adjustment applications are processed through the Office of the City Clerk.
To make major changes to the zoning, such as a change in permitted use, or a drastic reduction in required lot size, the property owner must apply to have the zoning amended by City Council. Zoning By-law Amendment applications are processed through the City's Development Planning Department.
Zoning By-law 001-2021
The online version of Comprehensive Zoning By-law 001-2021 is a consolidation of By-law 001-2021 in effect as of October 20, 2021, subject to certain appeals as shown in the reference table, with subsequent amendments. It is provided for information purposes only. For legal purposes, reference should be made to the original certified documents which are on file with the City Clerk including By-law 001-2021 as approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal on January 18, 2023, and subsequent By-law amendments. This annotated version of By-law 001-2021 is dated May 8, 2023 and only represents a consolidation of amending By-laws passed by Council or approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal as of April 25, 2023. This version of By-law 001-2021 does not include and consolidate amendments approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal where a written decision has not yet been issued. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided within the consolidation is correct, however, we do not warrant or certify its accuracy.
The City’s Zoning By-law 1-88 is now repealed and the Comprehensive Zoning By-law is now in effect as of Oct. 20, 2021, except for lands, areas and sections of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law that remain under appeal, as identified in the OLT Order.
For more information on how to apply the Zoning By-law to a site-specific development please
contact the Building Standards Department.