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Zoning By-law Review

 Timing for the comprehensive zoning by-law review

Please be advised, the timing for the comprehensive zoning by-law review has been modified, at the direction of the Commissioner of Integrated Planning and Public Works.

The final version of the new zoning by-law will be released in early July 2018.

The formal public meeting is now scheduled for August 13, 2018, allowing 5-6 weeks for public review before Council's consideration.

Should you have any questions, please email


 Report IPPW2018-022 - Discussion paper on proposed amendments to the City of   Waterloo's official plan

 Report IPPW2018-022, a discussion paper on proposed amendments to the City of Waterloo's Official Plan to facilitate the City's on-going comprehensive Zoning By-law Review.  The report will be presented to Waterloo City Council on Monday May 7th for information (no decision will be made).

 Details regarding May 7, 2018 informal public meeting.

 Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Waterloo will hold an Informal Public Meeting on Monday May 7, 2018, at a time to be determined, in the Council Chambers, 3rd floor, Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina Street South, Waterloo, to receive an update from planning staff on the comprehensive Zoning By-law Review and related Official Plan Amendment 22 (OPA 22), and to give the public an opportunity to make representations with respect to the comprehensive Zoning By-law Review and proposed Official Plan Amendment. No decisions will be made at this meeting. It is for information only.

  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 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



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