Comprehensive review of the zoning by-law (CRoZBy)


Kitchener is growing, and in order to meet the diverse needs of our community, updated zoning by-laws need to be in place. Zoning by-laws help to ensure that local land and buildings are used in ways that complement our city and support growth.

A zoning by-law 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.

The city's current by-law is over 30 years old and it requires an update as a result of the city's new Official Plan. As your local government, our job is to ensure land and growth is managed properly, and our zoning regulations are up to date and reflect the goals and objectives of the Official Plan. This is why the city is reviewing its zoning by-law.

The new zoning by-law is being prepared in stages. Stage 1 was approved in April 2019 following five years of work and consultation. Stage 2 is now underway.

Stage 2 - Residential Base Zones

The work completed in Stage 1 did not include the residential component of the zoning by-law. The purpose of Stage 2a is to finalize the residential zone categories (residential base zones) along with permitted uses (e.g. single detached house or apartment building) and regulations (e.g. minimum lot size).

We want your help in finalizing the residential base zones. An online survey is open from July 22-Aug. 9. This survey focuses on three key issues that we are looking for input from the public about, including:

  • Residential driveway and parking regulations
  • Additional dwellings (including duplexes, triplexes, basement apartments, coach houses, granny suites and tiny houses)
  • Setback and step back regulations to provide for the transition between higher and lower density housing types.

If you require the survey in an alternate format, please contact staff by calling 519-741-2426 or emailing

The new residential zoning will not be applied geographically to any properties during Stage 2a. These base zones will be applied geographically through two subsequent projects:

  1. New CRoZBy zoning, including the new residential base zones will be applied to certain areas of the city through the Neighbourhood Planning Reviews
  2. The new residential base zones will be applied geographically, outside of Neighbourhood Planning Review areas, in the more suburban parts of the city in 2020 and 2021. (Crozby Stage 2b).

Zoning By-law 2019-051 (Stage 1)

On April 29, 2019 council passed Stage 1 of the city's new zoning by-law for Kitchener and adopted Official Plan Amendment No. 6, a companion amendment to the city’s Official Plan.The Official Plan Amendment is in effect, as approved and modified by the Region of Waterloo's decision on July 31, 2019. 

The new zoning by-law is currently under appeal.  Until appeals are resolved, development applications are reviewed by applying the most restrictive provisions from Zoning By-law No 85-1 and Zoning By-law 2019-051, as applicable. By-law No. 2019-051 applies to all lands in the city as shown in this map.

Council deferred consideration of proposed Section 4.3: Bonusing and Section 6: Urban Grown Centre Zones (and all the properties to which it applies) and the application of zoning to several other properties. It is intended that these deferred items will be added to By-law No. 2019-051 through future zoning by-law amendments. 

Zoning by-law and schedules:

New zoning by-law (Stage 1)

Appendix A - Zoning grid schedules 

Appendix B - Grand River Conservation Authority regulated area

Use our interactive maps to find out what your property is zoned. 

Supporting documents:

 Staff Reports

Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment/Notice of the Passing of Zoning By-law 

Official Plan Amendment

Previous Drafts of Zoning By-law

The following sections provide access to the content of the drafts of the zoning bylaw that were tabled prior to the final zoning by-law (Stage 1) being approved.

Final Proposed (April 2019)

The public meeting to consider approval of the city's new zoning by-law and associated amendment to the city's Official Plan was held by the planning & strategic initiatives committee on April 15, 2019. 

Staff report, Zoning By-law and Official Plan amendment documents:

Staff report

Proposed Zoning By-law (Stage 1)

Proposed Official Plan amendment


 Final Draft (April 2018)
The final new Zoning By-Law and associated amendment to the city’s Official Plan was tabled at a statutory public meeting held on April 30, 2018 and May 8, 2018. The purpose of those meetings was for submissions to be made directly to Council on the final by-law and Official Plan amendment. Over 110 oral and written submissions were received on the final draft. Staff reviewed the details of each and provided individual responses. 


Zoning By-law and Official Plan amendment documents:

PSIC meeting agenda including staff report

Official Plan Amendment

City of Kitchener Final Zoning By-law (April 2018)


 First Draft (May 2017)
The first consolidated draft (Component E) was tabled at committee of council on May 29, 2017. This component introduced updated definitions, general regulations and parking regulations. It also introduced a first draft of the framework for residential zones.

Consolidated first draft zoning by-law Component E


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