Maps of zoning area numbers and a magnifying glass

The Municipality of Port Hope's Zoning By-law regulates land use planning in each area of the Municipality.

Zoning By-law General Information

Zoning By-law Review 2021

The Municipality of Port Hope is undertaking a review of its Zoning By-law to implement a number of 'housekeeping' revisions.  This update will ensure that the Zoning By-law continues to effectively implement the priorities of the Municipality and community, is consistent with other Municipal documents, and is easy to understand and interpret.  Generally, this Zoning By-law Update is intended to focus on revisions related to housing issues, rural economic development and technical improvements.

Community Input

Over the course of this project, the Municipality will be looking for your input. Please visit the Zoning By-law Review project page for an overview of the project, information on the proposed changes, and direction on how you can provide your feedback.

What is the purpose of the Zoning By-law?

The Zoning By-law controls the use of land in the community. It states exactly:
  • how land may be used,
  • 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 street.

Zoning By-law Documents

 To access the Zoning By-law, click on the button below. The schedules of the Zoning By-law, are area-specific or site-specific illustrations of zoning provisions.

Zoning By-law 20/2010

Urban Area Maps

Urban Area Zoning Map

Use this map to determine the zoning category for a particular property. Once you find the zoning category, refer to the Zoning By-law 20/2010 for the zoning provisions (i.e. permitted uses and setbacks).

Urban Area Key Map (Schedule A-0)

Use this map to determine which schedule applies to properties in the urban area.

Schedule A-1

Schedule A-2

Schedule A-3

Schedule A-4

Schedule A-5

Schedule A-6

Schedule A-7

Schedule A-8

Schedule A-9

Schedule A-10

Schedule A-11

Schedule A-12

Schedule A-13

Schedule A-14

Rural Area Maps

Rural Area Zoning Map

Use this map to determine the zoning category for a particular property. Once you find the zoning category, refer to the Zoning By-law 20/2010 for the zoning provisions (i.e. permitted uses and setbacks).

Rural Area Key Map (Schedule B-0)

Use this map to determine which schedule applies to properties in the rural area.

Schedule B-15

Schedule B-16

Schedule B-17

Schedule B-18

Schedule B-19

Schedule B-20

Schedule B-21

Schedule B-22

Schedule B-23

Other Schedules

Schedule C-1

Schedule C-2

Schedule C-3

Schedule C-4

Schedule C-5

Schedule C-6.1

Schedule C-6.2

Schedule C-7

Schedule C-8

Schedule C-9

Schedule C-10

Schedule C-11

Schedule C-12.1

Schedule C-12.2

Schedule C-12.3

Schedule C-13

Schedule C-14

Zoning Compliance Letter Request

If you are purchasing or selling a property, you may need a zoning compliance letter or your lawyer may request it on your behalf. The fee for the letter is $100.

Here is the information we will include in the letter:

  • Official Plan designation
  • Current zoning and whether the proposed property use complies
  • Pending zoning, if applicable
  • Compliance with building setback regulations (only if updated building location survey is provided with the request)
  • Status of any building and plumbing permits on file
  • Whether there are any active zoning or property standard violations
  • Whether the property has any heritage significance

Zoning Compliance Letter Request

Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning

The Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning was developed by the Government of Ontario to provide property owners with helpful information about the legislation surrounding land use planning.

Zoning By-law Amendment Application Process

A Zoning By-law Amendment is required for existing or proposed development which does not comply with the policies or regulations contained in the current Zoning By-law. If you are unsure whether you need a Zoning By-law Amendment, contact Planning.

Refer to the Zoning By-law/Official Plan Amendment Flowchart for a helpful visual of the application process.

Step 1: Pre-Consultation Meeting

The purpose of the pre-consultation meeting is to ensure that both the applicant and the Municipality have a clear understanding of the purpose of the proposed application, the type of application required and, where necessary, the appropriate studies, information and materials to support the proposed application.  Pre-consultation also provides Applicants an opportunity to gain an understanding of the planning process in the Municipality. 

Planning will schedule the meeting once the pre-consultation form has been completed. The fee for pre-consultation meetings can be found on the Fees and Charges page under 'Other Fees'.

Pre-Consultation Meeting Form

Step 2: Submit Application and Fee

The application will not be accepted until the fee has been paid. The fee for the application can be found on the Fees and Charges page under 'Zoning By-law Amendment Fees'. Fees are accepted via debit, cash or cheques made payable to the Municipality of Port Hope. At this time we do not have an online payment option.

Zoning By-law Amendment Application

Step 3: Application Review

Planning reviews the application for completeness and follows-up with the applicant. A complete application proceeds to the next step, an incomplete application is held until the applicant provides the information requested by planning.

Step 4: Complete Application Presented to Council

Planning submits a report to Council with the details of the application at which time the public is also made aware of the application.

Step 5: Application Circulation

The application is circulated for comment to a list of agencies and the public. The applicant is provided with all of the comments received.

Step 6: Public Meeting

Planning submits a report to Council recommending a date to hold a public meeting. Once the public meeting date is confirmed, Planning will notify the agencies and residents of the meeting date, time and location.

Step 7: Application Revision

 The applicant may be required to revise the application based on the outcome of the public meeting and comments received. The application is re-circulated, further revisions can be made and finalized.

Step 8: Planning Recommendation to Council

Planning submits a report to the Committee of the Whole recommending that the application either be approved or denied.

Step 9: Council Decision and Appeal Period

Council makes a decision to approve or deny the application. The applicant or members of the public have the opportunity to appeal the decision within 15 days. If an appeal(s) is received, the application is reviewed by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and a decision is made. If no appeals are received, the applications moves on to the next step.

Step 10: By-law Passed

 The final step of the Zoning By-law Amendment process is that a By-law is passed by Council to amend the Zoning By-law so that the proposed development can move forward.