Zoning by-laws are passed by the Town under the authority of the Ontario Planning Act and are intended to restrict land use and buildings.
The Zoning section administers the Zoning By-laws and participates in the approval process of building permits and development applications. Staff ensures that all applicable law listed in the Ontario Building Code, including municipal zoning by-laws are complied with prior to the issuance of Building Permits.
Other duties include:
- the issuance of building and zoning compliance letters requested by lawyers and various agencies
- assignment of municipal numbers
Building & Zoning Compliance Letters
Compliance letters are a service provided by the Zoning section of the Infrastructure Services Department to provide comment in writing on the building and zoning status of a property. They are sometimes referred to as zoning certificates or work orders.
Information will be provided with respect to property matters under the jurisdiction of the Transportation and Public Works Department, such as:
- Zoning of the property and the uses permitted within that zone
- Minor variances granted.
- The status of building permits.
- Occupancy status.
- Details of any open work orders.
If a survey is provided, or on file, comments will be provided regarding the survey's compliance with the requirements of the Zoning By-law.
To request a compliance letter:
- A written request and the current fees must be submitted. Requests are processed on a first come, first processed basis.
- It is recommended, to allow sufficient time for processing, that requests are submitted a minimum of ten (10) working days (more for some commercial and industrial properties) prior to the date needed.
- A copy of the completed letter will be faxed out and the original will be mailed.
See Infrastructure Services User Fees for all applicable fees.
Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-0050 has been approved in part by the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.). The majority of properties in Halton Hills are now subject to this Zoning By-law.
Included in the Comprehensive Zoning By law you will find the text and schedules (maps).
Comprehensive Zoning By-Law
The Council for the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills passed By-law No. 2010-0050 on the 19th day of July, 2010 under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.13 as amended, to adopt the Town of Halton Hills Zoning By-law. See attached
Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-0050, as amended, is subject to change. The version published below is intended for information and general research purposes only. See Index of Zoning By-Law Amendments. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, please contact the Zoning Officer at extension 2320
Zoning By-law 2010-0050 (Text) PDF
- A01 - Schedule A01 - Rural Lands
- A02 - Schedule A02 - Greenbelt Land Area
- A03-1 - Schedule A03-1 - Georgetown Urban Area
- A03-2 - Schedule A03-2 - Georgetown Urban Area
- A03-3 - Schedule A03-3 - Georgetown Urban Area
- A03-4 - Schedule A03-4 - Georgetown Urban Area
- A04 - Schedule A04 - Georgetown Downtown
- A05 - Schedule A05 - Georgetown Community Node
- A06 - Schedule A06 - Acton Urban Area
- A07 - Schedule A07 - Acton Downtown Area
- A09 - Schedule A09 - Stewarttown
- A10 - Schedule A10, A11, A12 & A13 - Ashgrove, Ballinfad, Bannockburn & Crewsons Corners
- A14 - Schedule A14, A16, A17 & A18 - Henderson Corners, Limehouse, Silvercreek & Terra Cotta
- A15 - Schedule A15 - Hornby
- A19 - Schedule A19 - Glen Williams
- A20 - Schedule A20 - Norval
- Amendments - Index of Zoning By-law Amendments
- Appendix - Conservation Authority Regulated Area - Appendix
By-law 57-91 applies to a small number of properties in Georgetown (those properties are identified in Part 1.7 of By-law 2010-0050 (PDF) (pages 1-2 and 1-3, and again on Schedules A3-2 and A5) and further properties as identified in the O.M.B. order. By-law 57-91 also applies to properties in The 401 Corridor Area (By-law 00-138).
By-law 74-51 applies to a number of properties in the rural area (those properties are identified in Part 1.7 of By-law 2010-0050 (PDF) (pages 1-2 and 1-3, and again on Schedules A1, A12 and A20) and further properties as identified in the O.M.B. order.
Properties that are in the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area (The Plan Area is identified on Schedule A1 of By-law 2010-0050) are not subject to the local Zoning by-laws.
For further information you should contact the Niagara Escarpment Commission at 905 877 5191.
For information on Zoning By-laws or any other zoning information please contact:
Halton Hills Zoning Officer at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2320.
Zoning By-law Amendments
Zoning By-law amendments request a land use change from that set out in the current Zoning By-law. The by-law describes the types of uses permitted on properties, what buildings can be erected and where they can be located, required parking and landscaping. For questions regarding the zoning of a property, please call 905-873-2600 Ext. 2320See related documents.
- Application for Zoning By-Law Amendment PDF
- Halton Region Environmental Site-Screening Questionnaire PDF
- Removal of ‘H’ Holding Designation PDF
- Zoning By-law Amendment Information Sheet PDF
- Town Initiated Zoning By-Law Amendment Affecting the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System Zones
- Hamlet of Norval Draft Zoning By-law Amendment
- Zoning By-law Amendment - Downtown Parking Requirements
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review
With the adoption of the new Official Plan, the Town of Halton Hills with the assistance of Meridian Planning Consultants has begun work on a new comprehensive Zoning By-law for the Town.Read more about the zoning by-law review
Why do we need a Zoning By-law?
The Town of Halton Hills is currently subject to three Zoning By-laws: By-law 1358 (Acton), By-law 57-91 (Georgetown) and By-law 74-51 (Esquesing). These By-laws date from 1968, 1957 and 1974, respectively. Given the age of these Zoning By-laws, there are numerous conflicts with Provincial, Regional and Town policy.
In recent years, several new policy documents have been adopted at all levels that have an impact on zoning. These documents include the Greenbelt Act, the Official Plan for the Halton Planning Area (Regional Official Plan), the new Town Official Plan and Provincial Plans such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plan. In addition, there have also been updates to the Ontario Heritage Act and the Planning Act.
The Town has recently completed a review of its development processing system, and it was concluded that a “new Zoning By-law will be of benefit to Staff, developers and residents in a multitude of ways”. The Town has determined that the preparation of a new Zoning By-law presents the opportunity to address these issues in a comprehensive fashion and to develop consistent town-wide standards and terminology
Town Initiated Zoning By-Law Amendment Affecting the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System Zones
On July 9, 2012, Council for the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills passed By-law No. 2012-0058, being a By-law to amend By-law 2010-0050, as amended, affecting the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System Zones.Read more
On July 9, 2012, Council for the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills passed By-law No. 2012-0058, being a By-law to amend By-law 2010-0050, as amended, affecting the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System Zones. See Notice of Passing.
The Zoning By-law Amendment affects the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System 1 (PC-NHS1) and Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System 2 (PC-NHS2) Zones in the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. These Zones are within the Provincial Greenbelt Plan Area in the Town of Halton Hills.
The Zoning By-law Amendment:
- recognizes legally existing single detached dwellings within the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System One (PC-NHS1) Zone;
- permits the construction of new single detached dwellings, replacement or expansion of existing permitted buildings and accessory buildings in the PC-NHS1 Zone, subject to a Holding provision triggered by size or location;
- applies the Country Residential Zone standards for single detached dwellings within the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System One and Two Zones;
- includes standards for accessory buildings on properties within the PC-NHS1 Zone; and,
- rezones a portion of the clearing on the property described as Con. 1 Pt. Lot 16 RP 20R10472, Parts 2, 3, 4, (6323 15th Sideroad) from PC-NHS1 to PC-NHS2.
Additional details and rationale for the changes are provided in the staff report and draft Zoning By-law Amendment below.
Link to Staff Reports
PDS-2011-0017 - Town Initiated Zoning By-law Amendment Related to the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System Zones in the Comprehensive Zoning By-law
Links to Background Documents
Zoning By-law 2012-0058 - A By-law to amend By-law 2010-0050, as amended, being a By-law affecting the Protected Countryside Natural Heritage System Zones.
To obtain further information regarding this project please visit the Planning & Sustainability Department, Town of Halton Hills, 1 Halton Hills Drive, Halton Hills, Ontario L7G 5G2 or contact:
Senior Planner Policy
Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
Email: Tara Buonpensiero
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2214
Manager of Planning Policy
Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
Email: Steve Burke
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2254