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.

Development charges and 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.

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.

Local economic recovery

Find out how to expand your business offerings during the gradual reopening Phase 2.