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 has been completed on the draft zoning by-law. The final draft by-law will formally be presented to City Council for their consideration at a public meeting scheduled for November 18, 2013.
Visit the draft zoning by-law page to review the report and final draft by-law.
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: