Zoning protects areas from incompatible land uses and establishes standards for development. Zoning by-laws contain specific provisions for how high buildings can be built, setbacks from property lines, the amount of parking required for specific uses, along with other matters.
A zoning by-law amendment (rezoning application) may be required if:
- a proposed use is not permitted in the zone for a property, or
- if the standards of that zone cannot be met by a proposed development.
A zoning by-law amendment is a by-law passed by City Council. Since the Zoning By-law implements the Official Plan, a zoning by-law amendment must conform to the Official Plan. If it does not, you might need an official plan amendment before applying for a proposed Zoning By-law amendment.
Apply for Rezoning
If you are submitting a rezoning application, your first step is to schedule a pre-consultation meeting with planning staff.
- Complete an Application for Pre-consultation.
After your pre-consultation meeting with planning staff, you will need to complete any required reports, plans or studies that are required to form a complete application.
When you have prepared the required information, you can apply for the rezoning.
- Complete the Rezoning Application (PDF, 0.6 MB).
- Make sure to include all required plans, studies, reports and fees.
- Submit your application in person to Planning Services, located on the 3rd floor of Tom Davies Square or by mail to:
City of Greater Sudbury
P.O. Box 5000
200 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON P3A 5P3
- The signatures by the applicant or agent on the application forms must be witnessed by a Commissioner. The City has Commissioners of Oath on staff that can witness your signing of the application.
Rezoning Approval Process
- Your Rezoning application will be reviewed by the Senior Planner assigned to the file to determine that it is complete. You will be advised within 30 days of the application having been submitted as to whether or not it is complete.
- If the application is not complete you will be advised as to what information is missing in order to make the application complete.
- Once your application is complete, notice will be provided to the public that the application and information submitted with it are available to the public. The public is invited to submit comments to the City on the application.
- Planning Services will coordinate the review of the application and will circulate it to relevant City departments and outside agencies for comment.
- Following the completion of the review, planning staff will prepare a report with a recommendation to be considered at a public hearing by the City’s Planning Committee.
- The City will provide notice of the public hearing. The public is invited to submit comments or speak at the public meeting on the application. At the public meeting planning staff will present their report on the application. The applicant also has an opportunity to present to the Planning Committee.
- If you submitted feedback on the application and disagree with the decision, you may appeal the decision to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Learn more about the approval process and public hearings on planning applications and the appeal process.