Kitchener’s zoning bylaw states exactly how land can be used and where buildings and other structures can be located. It also determines the types of buildings that are allowed and how they may be used.

Kitchener currently has two zoning bylaws: bylaw 85-1 and bylaw 2019-051. This means that a property could be within bylaw 85-1 or within bylaw 2019-051. Since bylaw 85-1 and bylaw 2019-051 have different rules, check which zoning bylaw applies before applying for any permits.

On this page: 

  1. Our zoning bylaws
  2. Zoning bylaw 85-1
  3. Zoning bylaw 2019-051
  4. Proposed amendments to zoning bylaw 2019-051

Our zoning bylaws

The zoning bylaw sets out rules on the size and dimensions of property lots, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

Kitchener currently has two zoning bylaws: 

  • zoning bylaw 85-1
  • zoning bylaw 2019-051

Because we have two zoning bylaws, this means that a property could be within bylaw 85-1 or within bylaw 2019-051. Since bylaw 85-1 and bylaw 2019-051 have different rules, check which zoning bylaw applies before applying for any permits.

To find out which zoning bylaws currently apply to a property and how it is zoned, enter the address into our online zoning map. If you have any questions or are unsure of a property's zoning, send us an email.

If you would like to change a permitted use for your property or adjust how it is configured, you can request a zoning bylaw amendment.


Zoning bylaw 85-1

Zoning Bylaw 85-1 is the older of our two zoning bylaws and is gradually being replaced by our newer zoning bylaw. About 20% of Kitchener’s properties remain within bylaw 85-1. Remember to confirm which zoning bylaw a property is within before applying for any permits. 


Zoning bylaw 2019-051

Zoning bylaw 2019-051 is the new the City’s two zoning bylaws and is gradually replacing our older zoning bylaw. About 80% of Kitchener’s properties are within bylaw 2019-051. Remember to confirm which zoning bylaw a property is within before applying for any permits.

Note: On March 21, 2022 Council passed an amendment to bylaw 2019-051 as part of Stage 2B of our comprehensive review of the zoning bylaw (CRoZBy). The folders below do not yet reflect this amendment because it is currently under appeal. However, the amendment must still be considered for all new permit applications. To view the latest version of bylaw 2019-051 to use for new permits see folder “Stage 2” under “Proposed amendments to zoning bylaw 2019-051” below. If you have any questions, send us an email.


Proposed amendments to zoning bylaw 2019-051

The following amendments have been proposed for the new zoning bylaw.

“Neighbourhood Planning Reviews” contains a version of bylaw 2019-051 which has been drafted but not approved.

“Stage 2” contains a version of bylaw 2019-051 that was approved by city council on March 21, 2022 and is currently under appeal. While the amendment is under appeal, individual properties must meet old and new zoning bylaws. When the appeal is no longer applicable, this version of the zoning bylaw will come into full force and effect.