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Zoning By-law Review

Comprehensive zoning by-law review

The City of Waterloo's zoning by-laws establish and regulate land uses in the city, implementing the policies in the city's official plan.

Zoning regulates a number of property-development matters including:

  • Establishing permitted land uses
  • Setting maximum and minimum building heights and densities
  • Restricting building locations, including setbacks
  • Establishing minimum lot sizes
  • Facilitating urban design and landscaping objectives of the city
  • Establishing parking requirements

Currently, the City of Waterloo has three zoning by-laws. Although the current zoning by-laws have been amended over time, a comprehensive review has not been undertaken since their enactment.

In 2012, the City of Waterloo adopted a new Official Plan which was approved in December 2012.The city is now undertaking a comprehensive zoning by-law review to implement the new official plan and to update its zoning regulations to reflect current planning standards and best practices.  

Second draft zoning by-law (April 2017)

A second draft zoning by-law is now available for review and feedback.We want to hear from you! Learn more about public consultation opportunities here, and provide your comments on zoning with by emailing zoningreview@waterloo.ca or by writing to:

City of Waterloo, Planning Approvals Division
Attn: Zoning By-law Review
100 Regina St. S. 
PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8

All comments on the second draft zoning by-law must be provided by July 4, 2017

Staff report

IPPW2017-032

IPPW2017-042

Staff presentation

April 24, 2017 council presentation

Full document

Second draft zoning by-law 

Individual sections

First draft zoning by-law (January 2016)

Full document

First draft zoning by-law

Individual sections

 Staff reports

Existing zoning by-laws

Current and draft zoning

  • To check the current zoning of a property, please refer to this map or to the interactive map.
  • To check the first draft zoning of a property, please refer to this map or to the interactive map.
  • To check the second draft zoning of a property, please refer to this map or the interactive map.
  • To check the draft parking overlay, please refer to this map or the interactive map.

If you have any questions regarding the comprehensive zoning by-law review, please contact the City of Waterloo for more information at zoningreview@waterloo.ca