Official Plan & Zoning By-law

Zoning By-law No. 05-200

The City of Hamilton’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 05-200 came into effect on May 25, 2005, and is being implemented in stages.

In July and October 2015, the City passed a series of zoning by-law amendments to add new zones for the rural area. The purpose of the Rural Zones is to implement the policies of the Rural Hamilton Official Plan and to create consistent zoning throughout the rural area.

In October 2016 and February 2018, the City passed a series of zoning by-law amendments to add new Transit Oriented Corridor (TOC) Zones. Furthermore, the City passed a zoning by-law amendment to add new Commercial and Mixed Use Zones (CMU) and an Utility Zone for the urban area in November 2017 but has been appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The purpose of the new TOC and CMU zones is to implement the policies of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan to create consistent zoning within the urban area.

The next phase of Zoning By-law No. 05-200 is focused on Residential Zones.

Unless otherwise noted, Sections 1 to 6 inclusive, and those Schedules A, B, C D, E and F which incorporate boundaries for Downtown Hamilton were passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton and became effective on May 25, 2005.

Section 7 which incorporates new Open Space and Parks Zones for the Urban Area of the City of Hamilton was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 06-166) and became effective on June 14, 2006. New Conservation/Hazard Land Zones for the Rural Area were passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 15-173) and became effective on July 10, 2015.

Section 8 which incorporates new Institutional Zones for the Urban Area of the City of Hamilton was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 07-101) and became effective on March 28, 2007.

Section 9 which incorporates new Industrial Zones for the Urban Area of the City of Hamilton was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 10- 128) and became effective on June 28, 2011. New Industrial Zones for the Airport Employment Growth District were passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 10-288) and became effective on April 10, 2015. A new Extractive Industrial Zone was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (Bylaw No. 15-173) and became effective on July 10, 2015.

Section 12 which incorporates new Rural Zones for the Rural Area of the City of Hamilton was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 15-173) and became effective on July 10, 2015.

Section 11 which incorporates new Transit Oriented Corridor Zones for the Urban Area of the City of Hamilton, where Phase 1 was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 16-265) and became effective on October 12, 2016, and Phase 2 was passed by Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 18-032) and became effective on February 14, 2018.

Section 14 which incorporates new Waterfront Zones for the Urban Area of the City of Hamilton was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 17-095) and became effective on May 24, 2017.

Section 10 which incorporates new Commercial and Mixed Use Zones for the Urban Area of the City of Hamilton was passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law No. 17-240) and became effective on November 8, 2017.

Comprehensive amendments to Section 6: Downtown Zones were passed by the Council of the City of Hamilton (By-law 18-114)

You can use our interactive zoning map to search by address to determine the zoning of a specific property. The zone code can be used to find the list of permitted uses, regulations, and any special exceptions.

Here is an example. For this example, let's use Tim Hortons Field:

  1. To look up the zoning for a property: Open the zoning mapping tool, and search the address "75 Balsam Avenue North". The mapping tool will zoom to the property and display the zoning on the map as City Wide Park (P3) Zone, with a Special Exception 42.
  2. To view the permitted uses and regulations: This page contains drop-down menus for each zone category. To find the permitted uses and regulations for the "P3" zone for Tim Hortons' Field, find the "Section 7: Open Space and Park Zones" drop-down menu below and expand to download the zoning titled "7.3 - City Wide (P3) Zone".
  3. To view the exceptions, provisions or figures: To find information on the Special Exception "42", find the “Schedules” drop-down menu below and expand to download "Schedule C - Special Exceptions". The Holding Provisions, Temporary Use Provisions, and Special Figures are also located in this section.

Example of search results using the zoning mapping tool

Download the Guide to Zoning By-law No. 05-200 (PDF,  2 MB) to help you understand the definitions in the By-law.

Zoning By-law (Consolidated as of August 14, 2019)

Full list of By-law amendments passed by The City of Hamilton amending Zoning By-law 05-200 (PDF, 150 KB)

View full listing of City of Hamilton By-laws by year

By-law Date Zones City Initiated Amendment
05-200 25-May-05 Downtown
(D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6)
Implementation of D1, D2, D3, D4, D5 and D6 Zones
06-038 1-Mar-06   Adequate Services General Provision
06-166 14-Jun-06 Open Space and Parks
(P1, P2, P3, P4, P5)
Implementing P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5 Zone
07-043 15-Feb-07 Industrial (M1) Implementing M1 Site specifics 6, 7
07-101 28-Mar-07 Institutional (I1, I2, I3) Implementing I1, I2, I3 Zones
07-111 11-Apr-07 Applicable Zones  
07-233 8-Aug-07 Cemetery Mapping (P4) Implementing P4 for cemetery
09-210 30-Sep-09 General Provisions Outdoor Commercial Patios amended for capacity, location and design
10-037 24-Feb-10 Parks P5 Zone Hazard Land zoning
10-128 26-May-10 New Industrial Zones M2, M3, M4, M5, M6  Implementation of new Industrial Zones 
10-288
(see 15-118)
13-Oct-10 Many New Airport Related M7-M11 Zones
14-163 25-Jun-14 Housekeeping Medical Marihuana
15-107 22-Apr-15 Urban Farmers Market Definitions and regulations
15-118 10-Apr-15 Airport Employment Growth District Implementation of M7, M8, M9, M10 and M11 Zones 
15-173
(under appeal)
10-Jul-15 Rural Zones Implementation of P6, P7, P8, M12, A1, A2, S1, S2, S3, E1 and E2 Zones 
15-237 
(under appeal)
14-Oct-15 Rural Zones Corrections to By-law No. 15-173
15-238 
(under appeal)
14-Oct-15 Rural Zones Additional Exception 253 lands (Rural Landscape Contractors)
15-246 28-Oct-15 Zones along LRT Corridor Interim Control By-law for LRT Corridor
16-265
(portions still under appeal)
12-Oct-16 New Transit
Oriented Corridor
Zones
Introduction of the TOC1, TOC2,
TOC3 Zones
17-082   Entertainment on
Outdoor
Commercial
Patios
 
Temporary Use By-law to allow
entertainment on outdoor commercial patios
17-095 
(under appeal
24-May-17 New Waterfront
Zones for Pier 8
Introduction of the WF1, WF2 and EF3
Zones
17-240
(portions still under appeal)
8-Nov-17 New Commercial
and Mixed Use
Zones
Introduction of the C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C5a, C6, C7, and U3 Zones.
18-032 14-Feb-18 New TOC 4 Zone, TOC
extension to Eastgate
Introduction of TOC4 Zone, additional
lands to be added to the LRT Corridor
18-092 11-Apr-18 New M13 and M14 Introduction of M13 & M14 Zones for the lands owned and operated by the Hamilton Port Authority
18-093 11-Apr-18 Urban Area
Open Space (P4) Zone, Industrial (M6) Zone
Add certain lands to 05-200 and add special exceptions
18-114 May 9, 2018 Downtown Hamilton Revisions to the Downtown Zones to reflect the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan revisions
18-219
 
17-Aug-18 Urban and Rural Areas Updates to certain Definitions, General Provisions, Parking Regulations, Institutional Zones, Industrial Zones,TOC Zones, Rural Zones, certain Special Exceptions, certain Holding Provisions, urban and rural mapping.
18-266
(portions still under appeal)
12-Sept-18 Definitions, Industrial Zones, Rural Zones, Certain Special Exceptions General and site specific text and mapping amendments on a City-wide basis respecting Cannabis Growing and Harvesting Facilities, Aquaponics, and Greenhouses.
19-062 27-Mar-19 Urban and Rural Areas Updates to certain Definitions, General Provisions, Parking Regulations, Open Space Zones, Industrial Zones, TOC Zones, Commercial and Mixed Use Zones, Rural Zones, certain Special Exceptions, certain Holding Provisions, urban and rural mapping.
19-066 10-Apr-19 Production Student for Bay-Queen-Tiffany Repealing and replacing Special Exception 442 to included amended uses and regulations to permit a Production Studio, limited commercial uses.
19-103 9-May-19 Entertainment on
Outdoor Commercial
Patios
Temporary Use By -law extension to allow entertainment on outdoor
commercial patios
19-104 9-May-19 Entertainment on
Outdoor Commercial
Patios
Temporary Use By -law extension to allow entertainment on outdoor
commercial patios
19-106 9-May-19 Entertainment on
Outdoor Commercial
Patios
Temporary Use By-law extension to allow entertainment on outdoor commercial patios
19-278 13-Nov-19 Neighbourhood
Commercial (C2)
Zone
Adding a site specific exception
relating to ground floor level above mean sea level
 
20-144 17-Jul-20 Neighbourhood
Commercial (C1)
Zone
Rezone lands to Neighbourhood
Commercial (C1) Zone and amend certain zone regulations
20-181 21-Aug-20 Certain Commerical and Downtown Zones Temporary Use By-law extension to allow entertainment on outdoor commercial patios
20-214 14-Oct-20 Certain Commerical and Downtown Zones Temporary Use By-law extension to allow entertainment on outdoor commercial patios
20-070 12-May-21 General Provisions – Accessory Buildings Repeal and replace existing accessory building regulations
21-071 12-May-21

Secondary Dwelling Units

Add new Secondary Dwelling Unit regulations
21-143 13-Aug-21

Outdoor Commercial Patios and Tents

Temporary Use By-law for Outdoor Commercial Patios and an addition to and extension of the Temporary Use By-law for Temporary Tents
21-167 29-Sep-21 Secondary Dwelling Units – Housekeeping Housekeeping Amendment for the Secondary Dwelling Units regulations

Table of Contents (PDF, 26 KB)

Section 1: Administration (PDF, 36 KB)
1.1 - Title of By-Law
1.2 - Effective Date
1.3 - Area to which the By-Law Applies
1.4 - Scope of the By-Law
1.5 - Validity
1.6 - Compliance with Applicable Law
1.7 - Repeal of Existing By-laws
1.8 - Administration
1.9 - Enforcement and Penalties
1.10 - Remedies
1.11 - Legal Non-Conforming Uses
1.12 - Transitional Provision 

Section 2: Interpretation (PDF, 45 KB)
2.1 - Establishment of Classifications and Zones
2.2 - Use of Zone Symbols
2.3 - Incorporation of Zoning Maps
2.4 - Incorporation of Schedules
2.5 - Incorporation of Appendices
2.6 - Interpretation of Zone Boundaries
2.7 - Interpretation of the By-law

Section 3: Definitions (PDF, 164 KB)  

Section 4: General Provisions (PDF, 99 KB)
4.1 - Prohibited Uses
4.2 - Human Habitation not within Main Building
4.3 - Frontage on a Street
4.4 - Public Uses Permitted in all Zones
4.5 - Number of Dwellings Per Lot
4.6 - Permitted Yard Encroachments
4.7 - Reduction of Yards for Non-Conforming Lots
4.8 - Accessory Buildings in all Zones
4.9 - Air Conditioners and Pumps
4.10 - Satellite Dishes
4.11 - Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs/Spas
4.12 - Vacuum Clause
4.13 - Reduction in Regulations Resulting from Street Widening
4.14 - Laneways Deemed to be Streets
4.15 - Model Homes in Draft Plans of Subdivision
4.16 - Regulation for Consolidated Lot Development
4.17 - Airport
4.18 - Temporary Uses
4.19 - Visual Barrier
4.20 - Outdoor Commercial Patios
4.21 - Home Business
4.22 - Adequate Services
4.23 - Special Setbacks
4.24 - Conservation Authority Regulation Area
4.25 - Drive Through Regulations
4.26 - Urban Farm
4.27 - Community Garden
4.28 - Urban Farmers Market
4.29 - Minimum Distance Separation Formulae
4.30 - Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
4.31 - Niagara Escarpment Plan Development Control Area
4.32 - Reduction in Regulations Resulting from Public Transit Facilities
4.33 - Secondary Dwelling Unit and Secondary Dwelling Unit – Detached

Section 5: Parking Regulations (PDF, 124 KB)
5.1 - Location
5.2 - Design Standards
5.2.1 - Location of Loading Facilities
5.3 - Commercial Motor Vehicles
5.4 - Major Recreational Vehicles
5.5 - Barrier Free Parking
5.6 - Parking Schedules
5.7 - Bicycle Parking

Schedule A - Zone Maps. View up-to-date zoning mapping.
Schedule B - Property Details
Schedule C - Special Exceptions (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Schedule D - Holding Provisions (PDF, 384 KB)
Schedule E - Temporary Use Provisions (PDF, 165 KB)
Schedule F - Special Figures (PDF, 1 MB)

Contact us

For zoning or building permit information, contact:

Building Division
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Phone: 905-546-2720
Email: [email protected]