Zoning by-laws are a set of regulations governing land uses that implement the policies in the Official Plan. A Zoning By-law contains specific requirements that provide a way of managing land use and future development that is legally enforceable. It also protects property owners from conflicting land uses.
For questions about zoning for a property in Newmarket, try the "What's My Zoning?" guide.
January 2019: Council has adopted an Interim Control By-law that limits the ability to expand, rebuild, or add to many residential properties while a study on changes to the zoning by-law is undertaken. For more details, see this page.
Zoning By-Laws cover items such as:
Zoning By-laws in Newmarket
Newmarket has several zoning by-laws which govern land use in Town. The majority of lands are governed by the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-40. Zoning By-law 2010-40 is applicable to all lands in Newmarket except for those lands
noted on the Lands Excluded from Zoning By-law 2010-40 map. If the lands you are interested are excluded from Zoning By-law 2010-40, please contact contact
the Planning Department for additional information.
Click here for a guide on how to find the zoning on a property in Newmarket.
Zoning By-law Amendments and Applications
The Official Plan outlines in a broad manner the land use and development guidelines in Newmarket. A Zoning By-law, on the other hand, outlines how a specific parcel of land may be used. Zoning By-laws also regulate lot size, parking requirements, building height and other site-specific factors.
If an applicant wishes to develop a property in a manner that deviates from the current zoning provisions, they must apply for a Zoning By-law Amendment; also referred to as a rezoning. For example, a change of use from residential to commercial would require a Zoning By-law Amendment. Council must approve any amendment to the Zoning By-law, which is subject to an appeal process.
Section 34 of the Ontario Planning Act gives the Council for the Town of Newmarket the authority to adopt zoning by-laws in conformity with its Official Plan. Zoning amendments provide a way to change zoning regulations for individual properties. Information on the zoning by-law amendment application process and zoning by-law amendments currently being processed are available online. For all other enquiries please contact the Planning Department.
Quick Reference Handouts
Below are PDF summaries of zoning requirement for various topics. These summaries are prepared for information purposes and convenience only. For accurate reference Zoning By-law 2010-40, as amended, should be consulted. Some properties in Newmarket are subject to different Zoning By-laws, confirmation can be obtained from the Planning Department.