The Zoning By-law provides controls for the use and type of development of all land in Ottawa. The Zoning By-law also sets specific requirements for development that must be followed. These include provisions for building heights, the number of parking spaces, and the size of front, side and rear yards.
Council approved the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law, which harmonizes the existing 36 zoning by-laws from the former municipalities into one by-law.
For more information about how zoning and planning work in the City, please see Development Review.
How to find current zoning information
Property zoning information is easily accessed through a simple address search leading you to the appropriate section of the by-law. You may also telephone or visit a Development Information Officer (DIO) in any of the City's Client Service Centres.
- City Hall Client Service Centre - 613-580-2424, ext. 28333
- Orléans Client Service Centre - 613-580-2424, ext. 29242
- Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centre - 613-580-2424, ext. 41250
- Kanata Client Service Centre - 613-580-2424, ext. 33321
- Metcalfe (Tuesdays) - 613-580-2424, ext. 20009
- Kinburn (Wednesdays) - 613-580-2424, ext. 32226
- North Gower (Thursdays) - 613-580-2424, ext. 31303
If you are selling or refinancing a property, you may need a compliance report, which describes the zoning of a property and comments on whether the current use is permitted. It also indicates any outstanding work orders authorized by the Ontario Building Code, and other information on the property.
How to apply for a change in Zoning or Minor Variance
If you want to develop or build on your property in a way that is not permitted in the current zoning, you can apply for a Zoning Amendment or a Minor Variance.
If you think there's a problem
If you think a property is being used in a way that is not permitted in the Zoning By-law, you may file a complaint by calling 3-1-1. The City does zoning inspections and enforces the By-law when it receives complaints. It also undertakes Business Licence inspections to ensure businesses licensed by the City conform to the Zoning By-law.
Telephone the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.