City Council sometimes changes Toronto’s zoning by-laws to adopt new zoning regulations that apply across the city. These zoning amendments implement Toronto’s Official Plan and put in place regulations to manage growth and change in Toronto.

Current Zoning Studies

Recent Zoning-related Studies

The planning studies below have been recently completed and resulted in amendments to the regulations in Zoning By-law 569-2013.

Study Name Description
Garden Suites At its meeting on February 2, 2022, Toronto City Council expanded permissions to allow residents to build garden suites on residential properties in the City. The by-law is currently under appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal.
Review of Parking Requirements for New Development At its meeting of December 15, 2021, City Council supported the introduction of new requirements for automobile and bike parking in newly erected or enlarged buildings in the city-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013.
Inclusionary Zoning City Council adopted official plan and zoning by-law amendments to support the introduction of mandatory affordable housing requirements in November 2021.
Short-term Rentals City Council adopted zoning by-law amendments to permit and regulate short-term rentals in 2017.  The Municipal Licensing and Standards Division administers the licensing and registration of short-term rentals.
Municipal Shelters City Council adopted zoning by-law amendments in 2019 to remove restrictions on where municipal shelters may be located.
Priority Retail Streets City Council adopted zoning by-law amendments to update requirements for Priority Retail Streets in 2019, to ensure that the frontages and grade-related uses on these streets are active, contain non-residential gross floor area, and animate the street frontage through high-quality design.
Cask Force City Council adopted zoning by-law amendments in 2019 to better reflect the varied and contemporary nature of Toronto’s many local breweries.