Infill Development in Mature Neighbourhoods

The City of Brampton initiated a policy review to address building additions and replacement dwellings in the City's mature neighbourhoods.
Please click here for the specific Zoning By-law requirements. Scroll to the bottom of this page for Site Plan Approval requirements.
In February 2013, City Council passed Interim Control By-law (ICBL) 35-2013, 052-2014 which meant building additions or replacement dwellings exceeding 15 per cent of the existing dwelling’s gross floor area required a Council-approved exemption to the by-law before a building permit could be issued.  The ICBL applies to specific residential zones across the older areas of Brampton that permit single and semi-detached dwellings. Please click here to view the ICBL FAQ sheet.
With the ICBL in force, the City retained Sorensen Gravely Lowes Planning Associates Inc. to undertake a study to recommend new policies, zoning regulations and a review process for building additions and replacement dwellings.

Statutory Public Meeting

A Statutory Public meeting was held on June 9, 2014.  Click here to view the staff Information report and click here to view the Consultant report, dated May 20, 2014 from Sorenson Gravely Lowes Planning Associates.

Recommendation Report

A recommendation Report was received at Planning, Design and Development Committee on September 8, 2014.  Click here to view the staff Recommendation Report which includes the Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Site Plan Control Area By-Law and Tariff of Fees Update By-law.

New Official Plan Policies and Zoning By-law Regulations

On September 10, 2014, City Council adopted an Official Plan Amendment (OP2006-107) and a Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law 280-2014) respecting mature neighbourhoods. Additionally, on January 25, 2017 City Council adopted a Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law 3-2017) regarding mature neighbourhoods. OP2006-107 is deemed to have come into effect on October 9, 2014, By-law 280-2014 is deemed to have come into force on September 10, 2014, and By-law 3-2017 is deemed to have come into force on January 25, 2017.  Please click here to view OP2006-107 and By-law 280-2014 and By-law 3-2017.
OP2006-107 includes policies that recognizes older, mature neighbourhoods and directs that new or replacement dwellings and building additions shall be compatible with the host community.

By-law 280-2014 includes regulations to control coverage, side and rear yard setbacks and building height within the area defined in the City’s Zoning By-law as “Mature Neighbourhood Areas.”
By-law 3-2017 enacts the following changes:
  • Detached Garages, as defined in the Zoning By-law, that are proposed within “Older, Mature Neighbourhood Areas” will require Site Plan Approval.
  • Secondary Plan Area 26 (The Toronto Gore Rural Estate Area) is now also considered a “Mature Neighbourhood Area” for the purposes of Site Plan Applications. This means that within this area, all new single detached dwellings and additions (equal to or greater than 50 sq m), and detached garages as defined in the Zoning By-law, will require Site Plan Approval.

Interim Control By-law

ICBL 35-2013 is no longer in effect.  The City will no longer be accepting exemption requests.  For those properties that have received an exemption under ICBL 35-2013, and are now located within the defined mature neighbourhood area, site plan approval may be required if a building permit application has not been submitted to the City.  These properties are also subject to the new mature neighbourhood zoning regulations.  If the property is not defined as being within the mature neighbourhood area, a building permit may be obtained, as long as the applicable zoning regulations are satisfied.

Site Plan Approval


As of September 10, 2014, proposals for new or replacement single detached dwellings and building additions to single detached dwellings that are greater than 50 square metres (540 square feet) are subject to a scoped site plan approval process.  Site Plan approval is only required for those properties that are located within the area of the City that is defined as a “Mature Neighbourhood Area.”  As of January 25, 2017 (By-law 3-2017), proposals for new or replacement of detached garages are also subject to a site plan approval process. Please click here for the Mature Neighbourhood Area schedule.  



For further information, please contact:
Planning & Development Services
905-874-2050 or