The City of St. Catharines is currently covered by 11 different zoning by-laws, each with its own wide range of zoning requirements. This section contains general details with respect to zoning.
Certain current general zoning area restrictions were established between 1959 and 1988. To simplify the current system, the City has begun the process of updating the zoning by-laws and consolidating them into one new by-law.
Work is proceeding on the review of a number of technical issues. It is anticipated that preliminary meetings to review a draft by-law will be held in 2013. After the preliminary meetings, staff will review the comments and prepare a revised draft by-law that will formally be presented to City Council. Before the by-law can be passed, a public meeting before Council is required. That meeting will be advertised on this website and in the local media.
Download the Composite Zoning Map for St. Catharines.
Note: The composite zoning map has been uploaded for convenience purpose only and must be read in conjunction with the original zoning by-law and any amendments thereto.
Zoning by-laws are approved by City Council to regulate the use of land and the character, location and use of buildings and structures therein. Each parcel within the City will have a zoning designation and corresponding regulations.
Things that are regulated by zoning by-laws include: location of buildings, decks, fences, air conditioners, accessory buildings, building height, lot sizes, coverage and parking requirements.
When sufficient information has been provided, a Zoning Technician from the Planning and Development Services Department will advise: