Zoning Compliance Review
A Zoning Compliance Review confirms the zoning of a property, permitted uses, and other applicable regulations for a property. Applications for Zoning Compliance Review may be submitted by the applicant, registered owner, or agent.
Request a Zoning Compliance Review
Request a Zoning Compliance Review for each of these scenarios:
A detailed review of a development proposal to determine zoning compliance with the applicable Zoning By-law.
Formally clear conditions imposed by the Zoning Review section for an approved consent/land severance application.
A review of supporting documents and evidence to determine and confirm if the existing use of a property can be deemed legally established non-conforming.
A detailed review which will determine all necessary minor variances that are required for a development proposal prior to formal application for minor variance.
A detailed review of a development proposal to determine zoning compliance with the applicable Zoning By-law prior to formal application for building permit. This may be required prior to building permit application for certain properties within the City of Hamilton, as part of the City of Hamilton’s response to the Province’s Bill 23.
Submit a Zoning Compliance Review Application
If you want to apply for a Zoning Compliance Review application, there are two ways you can apply:
Print, complete and submit in person, along with required documentation/plans, to:
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Accepted method of payment: Debit, VISA, Mastercard or cheque.
In order to avoid any issues with the processing of your application, the full application and payment must be submitted together. Payment cannot be made in person with the application emailed in either before or after payment is made.
Either the payment is made in person along with full application submission, or the application is emailed in and you will be contacted for payment once the application deemed complete.
Application requirements for each subtype of the Zoning Compliance Review application can be found on page 2 of the Zoning Compliance Review application form, and are further detailed in the full information package and checklist.
Please ensure that all required documentation/plans is submitted with your application, or delays may result in having your application processed.
2023 Zoning Compliance Review Application Fee: $272
All fees are non-refundable.
Upon completion of the Zoning Compliance Review application, you will receive via email:
- A Zoning Compliance Letter outlining what parts of the Zoning By-law have been met (comply) and those that do not meet the Zoning By-law (non-complying).
- Stamped and signed drawings to be submitted in support of a future application.
For the purposes of a Building Permit Application, all the requirements of the Zoning By-law must comply. If some part of the development does not comply, drawings may need to be updated or minor variances may be required (see below for further information). This may require another Zoning Compliance Review application and that additional fees to be paid.
Drawings can not be further altered if the Zoning Compliance Review is required prior to another application.