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Use of properties in Brampton
Home There are two main documents that govern the way
Yard
neighbourhoods are organized in Brampton the
Offcial Plan and the Zoning By-law.
The Offcial Plan outlines how the City makes
decisions on land use; setting a strategy to
manage future growth in a responsible manner
while protecting the cultural heritage and natural
environment of the city.

The goal of the Zoning By-law is to create harmonious neighbour-
hoods. This is done by ensuring that incompatible uses are not allowed
on adjacent properties (e.g. industrial manufacturing right beside
residential houses) and by setting regulations on lot size, type of
buildings, height of fences, distances between structures and property
lines, etc. More specifc information is provided in other sections of this
guide.

All properties in the City of Brampton are zoned* for a specifc type of
Neighborhood
use:
Residential (areas where people live)
Commercial (retail or service businesses)
Industrial (manufacturing businesses)
Institutional (hospitals, schools, places of worship)

Agricultural (farms)

A property cannot be used for a different purpose than the one for
Street
which it is zoned. For example, you may not operate most types of
commercial businesses (e.g. auto repair garage) on a property that is
zoned residential. The exception to this is when the use is allowed as a
home occupation (home-based business) permitted under the Zoning
Park
By-law. Park
For more information about permitted use, requirements and restrictions
of the Zoning Bylaw contact Zoning Services at 905.874.2090.

Applying for an exception
There may be a circumstance where a property owner wants to
ask for an exception to a regulation in the Zoning By-law this is
called applying for a minor variance*. This can be done through the
Committee of Adjustment, an autonomous tribunal that operates under



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