Zoning By-laws



Zoning By-laws are a set of regulations governing land uses that implement the policies in the Official Plan. By-laws cover such items as the use of land, where buildings and other structures can be located, the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used, the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights, and setbacks from the property lines. Zoning By-laws are regulated by Section 34 of the Ontario Planning Act.

The Town of Whitby has three by-laws: By-Law 2585, which governs land uses within the historic Town of Whitby; By-law 1784, which governs land uses in the former Township of Whitby; and By-law 5581-05, which governs land uses in the Oak Ridges Moraine. The by-laws divide the municipality into different land use zones, with detailed maps. The symbols in general, on the zoning map (e.g., R1, R2) are used to locate uses and standards for a specific property. On occasion, special exceptions to the zoning by-law may apply to a property. It is therefore recommended that zoning inquiries be directed to the Planning Department.

To inquire about zoning by-laws, please contact the Planning Department. If your inquiry is about a specific property, please provide the municipal address of the subject property.

The Zoning By-laws below are consolidations, as amended, and are prepared for convenience purposes only.  For accurate reference, the original by-laws and individual amendments should be consulted, as there may be site specific provisions that apply to certain properties.

In The Zone - Comprehensive Zoning By-law Update

The Town is undertaking a Comprehensive Zoning Review to prepare a new Zoning By-law that:

  • implements Provincial and Regional policy
  • aligns with the Town’s updated Official Plan
  • reflects current zoning practices, and
  • is web-based and user friendly to read and navigate.

A zoning by-law puts rules, with accompanying maps, into place so that residents and developers know what to expect as Whitby transforms, changes and grows.

The review will look at all properties, including residential, commercial and industrial properties in Whitby. The review and resulting new Zoning By-law will provide a way for the Town to manage land use and future development.

For more information please visit the In The Zone webpage


Planning Administration
575 Rossland Road East
Whitby ON L1N 2M8

Phone: 905-430-4306 
Fax: 905-668-7812

Email: planning@whitby.ca