Zoning By-law

Zoning By-laws


A zoning by-law controls the use of land in a community. It describes how land can be used, where buildings and structures can be located, the types of buildings that are permitted and how they can be used as well as the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from property lines, etc.

Zoning By-laws put the general policies of an Official Plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. It contains specific requirements that are legally enforceable. If proposed construction or development does not comply with a zoning by-law, then the municipality has the authority to refuse the issuance of a building permit.

A zoning by-law amendment is an application for a change of use on a property that does not meet the current zoning standards. Council can consider a change only if the new use is allowed by the Official Plan. There are certain processing provisions of the Planning Act regarding circulation of the application and public meetings which must be met before Council considers the application.

The New Comprehensive Zoning By-law was passed by Council but some parts of it are under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.  Please contact the department for  further information.

For inquiries regarding approved Zoning By-laws, please contact Planning / Zoning / Geomatics Technician - Darka Jensen.
(Comprehensive Zoning By-law 4316-09, as amended is available in its original text along with all the approved amendments made to date at the above noted link. A Consolidated version of this is not yet available at this time.  For verification of any zoning, please contact the department.)

More Information:
Contact Darka Jensen, Planning / Zoning / Geomatics Technician, ext. 247, darka.jensen@notl.com

A Zoning Compliance letter (aka Conformity Statement) is available at a cost of $189.  [Cheques should be made payable to: The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and addressed to PO Box 100, Virgil, ON  L0S 1T0]

​A zoning verification letter that just confirms what the zoning of a property is, is available at a cost of $84.

Learn more about zoning by-laws from the Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website