Zoning bylaw


Kitchener is cited as the first urban municipality in Canada to create a zoning bylaw nearly 100 years ago. A zoning bylaw is a legal document that states exactly how land can be used and where buildings and other structures can be located. It considers the types of buildings that are allowed (and how they may be used), size and dimension of lots, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

Kitchener currently has two zoning bylaws: Zoning Bylaw 85-1 and Zoning Bylaw 2019-051 (Stage 1 has been completed and the bylaw will continue to be updated with additional stages through the Comprehensive Review of the Zoning Bylaw project). Note: Stage 1 of Zoning Bylaw 2019-051 is currently under appeal and until resolved, development applications will be reviewed by applying the most restrictive provisions from Zoning Bylaw 85-1 and Zoning Bylaw 2019-051, as applicable.

To find out which zoning bylaw(s) currently apply to a property and what the property is zoned/proposed to be zoned – use our interactive online mapping to search an address.

To change permitted uses of land and how a property is configured, a request for a zoning bylaw amendment must be submitted.

 Zoning By-law 85-1 (In Force and Effect)

Currently applies to all properties in the City of Kitchener. Stage 1 of a new zoning bylaw has been approved and subsequent stages are pending. This will eventually replace Zoning Bylaw 85-1 once all stages are completed and the new zoning is applied to all properties in the city.

Zoning By-law 2019-051 (Council Approved - Under Appeal)

On April 29, 2019 council passed Stage 1 of Kitchener’s new zoning bylaw. It is currently under appeal.  Stage 1 includes the framework of the document, definitions, general regulations, parking requirements and every zoning section with the exception of residential and urban growth centre (downtown). The lands to which Stage 1 of Zoning By-law 2019-051 applies are contained in Appendix A. 


 Proposed Amendments to Zoning By-law 2019-051 


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