Building Division Zoning Information Welcome to the Zoning Information Page. If the answers to your zoning questions cannot be found here, please feel free to contact us.
By-law 270-2004, as amended, is the City of Brampton’s comprehensive Zoning By-law. The zoning by-law contains provisions that regulate the use, size, height, and location of buildings and structures on all properties within the City. The provisions of the by-law will specify the permitted uses (e.g. commercial or residential) and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) in each zone. The goal of the City’s zoning by-law is to create harmonious neighbourhoods and communities by ensuring that adjacent land uses are compatible and by setting regulations that govern built form. To review the Zoning By-law Online please click here.
Second Units (Basement Apartments)
A second unit is a self-contained apartment unit consisting of a room or rooms in a detached, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling. The unit may be in any part of the house, not just the basement. These apartments are sometimes referred to as granny flats, nanny suites, in-law suites or accessory apartments.
On April 22, 2015, Council approved requirements and restrictions to regulate the creation of a Second Unit. Registration of two-unit dwellings will begin on June 22, 2015. The addition of a second unit will be permitted if the dwelling complies with the Zoning By-law, Building Code and/or Fire Code.
To learn more about the registration process, requirements and restrictions please click here.
To review the Registration and Zoning By-laws passed by Council click here:
Making a Complaint
All complaints regarding zoning and the use of property will be investigated by the City’s By-law Enforcement Division. If you have a concern about compliance with the zoning by-law and wish to have our By-Law Enforcement Division investigate a particular property, please call 311 if you are in Brampton or dial 905-458-3424 from anywhere. You may also e-mail your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. To link to the City’s By-law Enforcement website, please click here.
Applying for a Variance or Exception
There may be a circumstance where a property owner wishes to ask for an exception to a requirement of the zoning by-law. To do this you must apply for a minor variance through the Committee of Adjustment process. The Committee of Adjustment is an autonomous tribunal that operates under the authority of the Planning Act, to review and make decisions on applications for exceptions to the zoning by-law and land division. For more information about the Committee of Adjustment or to make an application for variance please click here.
Zoning Information Online
To view the City's Zoning By-law online please access the following link: Zoning Online.
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review
By-law 270-2004, as amended, is the City of Brampton’s current Comprehensive Zoning By-law. A detailed review and update is now required to ensure conformity with the Official Plan and recent provincial policy and legislation. WSP Canada Group Limited has been retained by the City of Brampton to review the Zoning By-law.
Zoning is required to be brought into conformity with its corresponding Official Plan within three years of an Official Plan conformity exercise being completed, per section 26 (9) of the Planning Act. It is also an opportunity to streamline and consolidate content in a manner that enhances the functionality and accessibility of the document to the widest possible range of users including residents, businesses, consultants, staff, and Council alike.
In 2004, Brampton City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law (270-2004), which consolidated the four Zoning By-laws that were in force at the time. By-law 270-2004 has been updated over time, but a comprehensive review has not been undertaken since the previous four By-laws were approved in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1988 and since the consolidation of these four By-laws in 2004.
This Comprehensive Review provides the City of Brampton with the opportunity to modernize its Zoning By-law to reflect current planning standards and practice, implement the policies of the City’s Official Plan and provide a new and interactive format for public use.
The City’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review involves a 3 Phase Work Plan that is anticipated to be complete in late 2019. The following figure illustrates key project phases, steps, and timing:
The Zoning Issues and Analysis Report was completed in August 2017. The report provides a summary of the Provincial, Regional and local policies that need to be considered when developing the new Zoning By-law. Based on the policy review, a review of other modern Zoning By-laws in Ontario and initial consultation, the Report identifies a list of issues and items to be addressed through this project.
A series of Technical Papers have also been prepared in draft. The Technical Papers examine a wide range of specific issues in detail, to inform development of the new Zoning By-law. The Technical Papers address certain key policy and technical topics as identified in the Zoning Issues and Analysis Report.
A Parking and Loading Technical Report is currently underway, and will be posted on this website in October 2018.
The Zoning Strategy Report has also been prepared in draft. The Zoning Strategy Report builds upon the Zoning Issues and Analysis Report and Technical Papers and identifies a work plan for writing the new Zoning By-law. The Strategy ensures that the new Zoning By-law will be in conformity with applicable policy, that it will be modern and easy to use, and that it will be aligned with other ongoing studies, such as the Official Plan Review.
The first Public Open House was held on November 29, 2017 to introduce the project and present the Zoning Issues and Analysis Report.
A second Public Open House is being scheduled for November 8, 2018 to summarize the findings of the Draft Technical Papers and the Draft Zoning Strategy Report, and seek input. These reports are linked above.
to download the notice for the meeting. A series of Public Open Houses will be held in Spring 2019 to present the Draft Zoning By-law.
When will the New Draft Zoning By-law be completed?
The first draft of the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law for the City of Brampton is expected to be released in approximately March 2019. At that time, the project team will schedule a series of Public Open Houses to consult residents and other stakeholders on the document. Please check back on this website for updates at that time.
Want to Provide Input?
We encourage your input on the reports and work completed to date. Please submit your written comments using the information provided below.
We invite and encourage you to stay informed by signing up for our Email Updates for upcoming public meetings and opportunities to participate in the process of creating a new Zoning By-law. To be added to our mailing list, or for any other inquiries related to the Zoning By-law Review, please contact:
Planning & Development Services Department
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