Kitchener needs updated zoning bylaws to keep up with the diverse needs of our growing community. Our comprehensive review of the zoning bylaw (CRoZBy) ensures that land and buildings are used in ways that complement and support growth.

On this page:

  1. About the review
  2. Stage 1 – non-residential zones
  3. Stage 2 – residential zones
  4. Previous drafts

About the review

The zoning bylaw states exactly how land can be used and where buildings or other structures can be located.

The current bylaw is over 30 years old and needs to be updated to match our Official Plan.

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

Did you get a letter in the mail or read one of our residential zone change notices? Look up the zoning of your property or learn how to share your feedback.

Stage 1 – non-residential zones

Zoning Bylaw 2019-051 (Stage 1)

On April 29, 2019 council passed Stage 1 of the new zoning bylaw for Kitchener. Learn more on our zoning bylaw page.

Zoning By-law 2019-051 received 3 appeals. On December 4, 2020, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) rendered an oral decision to scope the remaining appeal to be site-specific in nature, with the remainder of Zoning By-law 2019-051 coming into effect. The effective date of Zoning By-law 2019-051 is April 29, 2019.

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 bylaw and schedules

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

Staff reports

Stage 2 - residential zones

Kitchener has more than 50,000 residential properties. We divided this stage into two parts:

  • Stage 2a – defining the new zones
  • Stage 2b – applying them to properties

Stage 2a – residential zone definitions

The new residential base zones have been drafted and are proposed to be brought forward to a second public meeting on May 10 with a city council decision scheduled on May 17. This is being called Stage 2a. If approved, the residential zones will be added to zoning by-law 2019-051 but will not apply to any properties. The application of these new residential zones to specific properties will start happening later in 2021 through Stage 2b.

These materials are available for Stage 2a:

Stage 2b – applying the new zoning

The new residential zones are being applied to properties across the city on a ward-by-ward basis.

There are two ways to find out if your property has been updated with the new zoning:

  1. search for your address in our zone lookup tool
  2. use our interactive map (download instructions)

2021-22 schedule

wards 3, 4 and 5

Previous drafts

April 2019

April 2018

May 2017