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Zoning By-law

Zoning By-laws are a set of regulations that govern land uses that implement the policies set out in the Official Plan. Zoning By-laws dictate what type of development can occur on a property, building setbacks, development restrictions, lot size and dimensions, parking requirements, landscaping and buffering, accessory buildings and much more.

Currently the Township of North Dundas has four Zoning By-laws for the two former Townships of Mountain and Winchester and two former Villages of Chesterville and Winchester. Township planners are currently working on a Comprehensive Zoning By-law to replace the four existing By-laws. In order to obtain the zoning information about your property, please contact Planning staff.

For additional information on zoning by-laws, click the following link to access the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Citizen’s Guide to Zoning By-Laws (PDF).

Zoning Amendment

A zoning amendment is a process in which a property owner can apply to add or change a use on their land. All zoning amendments must be in conformity with the Official Plan. Zoning Amendments are decided by Council, and are subject to a Public Meeting. Before filling out a zoning amendment application, it is advisable to meet with Township Staff. For more information on the zoning amendment process click on the image below.

Zoning Flowchart

Application Forms for the various zoning amendments listed below can be e found on the Township’s website under Licences, Permits & Fees.

  • Garden Suite

A garden suite is a temporary allowable use for an additional accessory dwelling unit on a property on which a residential dwelling already exists. Garden suites are enacted as a temporary by-law (for a maximum of 20 years under the Planning Act), and are therefore subjected to a zoning amendment.

  • Temporary Use By-law

Temporary Use By-laws add a use or seek a change in use for land, building or structures that is otherwise prohibited by the Zoning By-law. A temporary use by-law is enacted for a set period of time (maximum of 3 years). Once the time period expires, the zoning reverts back to the original zoning on that land, or through another zoning amendment to rezone the property to continue the temporary use permanently.

Zoning Setback Requirements

Before a permit is issued, the site plan for the proposed building/structure is used to determine zoning compliance. Click here to access information to assist with ensuring that all specifications within the Zoning By-law are met or call the Township’s Planning and Building Department at telephone number 613-774-2105.

Flood Plain, Drainage System and River Setbacks

The Township sets out specific setback requirements when building near or within a flood plain, drainage system or river. The Township’s Zoning By-law sets out the requirements for development within or near these natural features.  Click here to access zoning information.

County Road Setbacks

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have setback requirements when building on a property that abuts a County Road. Please contact the County to ensure that you meet their setback requirement if your property abuts a County Road.  Click here to access the Counties’ Setback Permit Application.

What is a zoning compliance letter and how can I get one?

A zoning compliance letter is written letter of confirmation of a land use, building or structure on a specific property. Compliance letters can also be obtained to determine if there are any outstanding work orders or violations against a property and other applicable requirements. In order to request a compliance letter, contact the Planning and Building Department. Fees are applicable.