Business, planning and development

Visit our plans, studies and strategies page to find the city's official plan and other planning documents.

Development applications

Learn how to submit an application for committee of adjustment, site plan review, demolition or site alterations.

Growth related charges and development guidelines

Find costs for building new developments and standards for urban design, engineering and accessibility.

Zone changes

Learn more about the zone change process and find a full list of proposed zone change applications.

Zoning bylaw

The city recently passed a new zoning bylaw. Find updates on appeals and full details of the bylaw.

Planning and land use data

Find out more about population and land use trends. Download data sets that are updated annually.

Economic development

Info on workforce and demographics, incentive programs, filming in Waterloo, commercial property taxes, and business directory.

Business licences

Determine the type of licence your business needs and apply online, in person or by mail.


Apply for sign permits and sign variances. Find out where you can to post notices and advertising.

Advertising and sponsorship

Find options for advertising in city facilities and publications. Sponsorship of city programs and events is also available.

Temporary and expanded patios

Find out how to expand your business space with special permits for expanded patios and the SOLER program.

Learn about affordable housing

Find out what we do to support the development of affordable housing in the city.