Zoning By-law

Bylaw No.
Regulatory document that implements the policy direction outlined in the Official Plan.

We're Creating a New 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.

The Development Services Department (Planning branch):

  • 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.
    A common violation of  Zoning By-law 2009-141​ is front yard (grass) parking. Please log concerns regarding front yard parking with Development Services via Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 or Service.Barrie@barrie.ca.

Zoning By-law 2009-141 Contents
(Office Consolidation – January 2024)

City-initiated amendments may not be included in the office consolidation yet.

Zoning By-law 054-04 
(Former Town of Innisfil Lands)

Zoning By-law 054-04 remains applicable for some Secondary Plan lands which were transferred to the City in 2009. As part of the current Zoning By-law renewal process, these lands will be incorporated within a comprehensive new City of Barrie Zoning By-law in 2024. 

City-Initiated Amendment: Four Dwelling Units on Residentially Zoned Lands

This City-initiated amendment to Zoning By-law 2009-141 is not yet included in the above office consolidation.

On April 17, 2024, City Council passed By-law 2024-043 to amend the Zoning By-law to permit four dwelling units on residentially zoned lands. This by-law amendment addresses concerns regarding housing affordability and land use compatibility, while maintaining conformity with provincial Planning Act requirements.

There was considerable uptake in the construction of additional residential units in Barrie since the zoning by-law amendment in 2021. The April 2024 update addresses the growing demand for housing in Barrie and the growing interest in the construction of additional residential units, as well as concerns from residents regarding their size and impact on neighbouring properties. View the Zoning By-Law Amendment Declaration of No Appeal.

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.