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Zoning By-law

A Zoning By-law is a regulatory document that implements the policy direction outlined in the Official Plan. The Comprehensive Zoning By-law (2009-141) was approved by City Council in August 2009.

Recent Amendments to the Zoning By-Law

On October 4, 2021 City Council adopted two By-laws to amend Zoning By-law 2009-141 with the intent of facilitating more and better affordable housing options. See Zoning By-law Updates for Affordable Housing for details.

Using a series of land use zones and corresponding text, a Zoning By-law spells out how land and buildings may be used, where buildings and other structures may be located, and what constraints may be applicable to the development of a particular property (i.e. parking requirements, lot coverage, density, etc.). The Planning Services department:

  • confirms compliance for all permit applications, business licensing, two-unit house registrations and site plan applications.
  • provides zoning information as requested for property transactions, development applications and general enquiries.
  • responds to complaints and enforces compliance as necessary.

Re-zoning of land and/or significant site specific changes to land uses or zone regulations require a Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), and possibly an Official Plan Amendment (see Development Services).

Zoning By-law 2009-141 Contents
(Office Consolidation – January 2022)

Zoning By-law 2009-141

Appendix A - Conservation Authority Regulated Areas 

Appendix B - Railway Lines

Appendix C - Urban Growth Centre

Zoning By-law 2009-141 Map: North Section

Zoning By-law 2009-141 Map: South Section 

Zoning By-law 054-04 

(Former Town of Innisfil Lands)

Zoning By-law 054-04 (Innisfil).pdf


City Initiated Amendments to Zoning By-law 2009-141

​​​​The following City'initiated amendments to Zoning By-law 2009-141 are not yet included in the above office consolidation:

Second Suite and Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Standards

Increasing Affordable Housing

Housekeeping Amendments to the Zoning By-law

Staff regularly consolidate the By-law and report to Council on minor inconsistencies and anomalies that have come to light since the passage of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2009-141 approved August 10, 2009.

The Proposed amendments to the text of the By-law relate primarily to points of clarification or interpretation.

The proposed amendments to the Map Schedule result from a variety of causes including road re-alignments, property line adjustments, land assembly severances and mapping errors.


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