Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process to amend the Zoning By-law?

If you propose using or developing your property in a way that does not comply with the existing by-law, you may have to apply for a zoning change. A rezoning or zoning amendment can be considered only if your new use is allowed by the City’s official plan.

Before you apply for a rezoning (Access the Application for Zoning By-law Amendment under 'Planning Application Forms'), you should discuss your proposal with the planning staff. They can offer preliminary advice and information on how to proceed with a formal application.

The process for dealing with zoning amendments is the same as for a zoning by-law. It may also involve review by committees or municipal staff, as well as public meetings and negotiations. If local council refuses your zoning application, you may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

For more information or assistance, please contact the Planning Department: