What is a zoning by-law?

Zoning by-laws regulate how land and buildings are used, the location of buildings, lot coverage, building heights and other provisions necessary to ensure proper development.

How do I find out what the zoning is for a property?

Contact a zoning officer in Building Services or visit Explore Oakville to determine your zoning designation. Please contact a zoning officer for current information.

When is a zoning review required?

In addition to building permit applications, zoning staff also reviews:

  • Business licensing
  • Condominium applications
  • Consent applications
  • Development applications
  • Minor variances applications
  • Rezoning applications
  • Site plan applications
  • Subdivision applications
  • Zoning certificate of occupancy

Zoning By-law 2014-014

Zoning By-law 2014-014 is the new comprehensive zoning by-law applying to all properties in Oakville south of Dundas Street and north of Highway 407. It was passed by Council and is currently under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Visit the Zoning By-law 2014-014 page for details.

Zoning By-law 1984-63

Zoning By-law 1984-63 is the town's main comprehensive zoning by-law. It applies to all properties in the town south of Dundas Street and north of Highway 407. Visit the Zoning By-law 1984-63 page for details.

Zoning By-law 2009-189

Zoning By-law 2009-189 is also called the North Oakville Zoning By-law. It applies to all properties in the town between Dundas Street and Highway 407. Visit the Zoning By-law 2009-189 page for details.

Committee of Adjustment, minor variances and land division

It's important to know that some changes, such as dividing land or making changes to how the land is used (known as variances), require approval from the Committee of Adjustment. To find out more, visit the following pages:

inZone — preparing Oakville's comprehensive zoning by-law

With the Livable Oakville Plan now in full force and effect, the town has launched inZone — our preparation of a new comprehensive zoning by-law. Visit the inZone page for details about this major initiative.

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